Seal of Biliteracy

The Amherst Regional Public Schools value the linguistic diversity of our community. To celebrate the assets of multilingualism and to promote sustained English language, native language, heritage language, and global language learning, the Amherst Regional School District is excited to announce a new language initiative called the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded by the state department of education and local school districts to recognize students who attain proficiency in English, as well as one or more additional languages learned in school or another setting. Biliteracy is defined as having a functional level of proficiency in each language, and there are various levels of biliteracy. Student biliteracy will be measured through participation in language assessments. This recognition will be included with students high school transcripts and diploma and serves to certify attainment of a student’s biliteracy for employers and universities.

ARPS will be offering the official State Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors in spring of 2020, as well as Biliteracy Pathway Awards to students in grades 6 and 8. Biliteracy Pathway Awards are administered by a statewide consortium called the Language Opportunity Coalition. This coalition created additional award opportunities to encourage long-term language study by recognizing and rewarding language learning in elementary, middle and high school.

In addition to offering an opportunity for students to demonstrate and be honored for their language proficiency, the district is excited to launch enrichment opportunities (parent/child reading clubs, tutoring, and Biliteracy club at the secondary level) to help students cultivate their languages across all grade levels. We are looking for parent, staff and community members to support this exciting program!

The first information session about the Seal of Biliteracy and associated programming will be held at Wildwood Elementary School on December 3, 2019 from 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the district's ELPAC meeting, 6:15 PM - 7:00 PM. We hope you will join us!

 

Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members: CLICK HERE to let us know if you are interested and to receive updates. 

We are looking for multilingual:

  • Students interested in earning these awards of participating in language enrichment activities at all grade levels
  • Parents interested in supporting their students to participate and/ or volunteering
  • Staff members interested in supporting this work
  • Community members interested in volunteering with our students

 

Please see the following links for more information