The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to honor the skills and demonstrate the value of mastery of two or more languages. Seeking endorsements sends the message to students and parents that these skills are valued more widely than just by the school and district. It also engages community groups, corporate and business entities, and professional associations in stating their own sense of value attached to the skills of biliteracy.
Endorsements may take the form of a formal resolution or letters of support, such as the endorsements of the California School Boards Association, Association of California School Administrators, California Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Association, “the Los Angeles, San Jose Silicon Valley, and El Monte Chambers of Commerce,“ and others. (See the Californians Together website for copies of these resolutions.)
The sponsorships may take the form of sponsoring the award celebration or of the awards themselves. Velázquez Press designed, produced, and donates the Biliteracy Recognition Medals to school districts that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy. Velázquez Press believes the “Seal of Bileteracy” will encourage ELL students to succeed in school and improve graduation rates. Velázquez Press will sponsor school districts who want to adopt the “Seal of Biliteracy” by providing supporting materials that include guidelines, seals and award medals. For more information please visit VelazquezPress.com or contact them at 626-448-3448 or firstname.lastname@example.org