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LANGUAGE OPPORTUNITY COALITION BILITERACY PATHWAY AWARDS

An award program overseen by the Massachusetts Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) that can be awarded in addition to the official MA State Seal of Biliteracy.

The LOC created a Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) Workgroup, a strong, enduring collaboration of world language (MaFLA), dual language (MABE), and English language learning (MATSOL) professional teacher organizations and conducted a pilot over three years (2015-2018) before passing legislation to develop a multi-tiered award structure for the SoBL and parameters for implementation in districts in the state.  The pilot involved the cooperation and input of leaders and teachers of all language learning program types and levels; world language, dual language education, transitional bilingual education, immersion, English language education, elementary, middle, high school, and university.

Read about the experience of the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot. 

The chapter - A Collaborative Model for Seal of Biliteracy Implementation: The Massachusetts Pilot Project, written by the LOC Co-Leaders Nicole L Sherf, Phyllis R. Hardy, and Helen Solorzano can be found in the text The Seal of Biliteracy, Case Studies and Considerations for Policy Implementation, Edited by: Amy J. Heineke, Loyola University Chicago and Kristin J. Davin, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

LOC SoBL Pathway Awards

The LOC SoBL Pathway Awards are designed for students and schools who do not meet the state criteria such as:

    • School districts that want to award FUNCTIONAL biliteracy at the Intermediate–Mid level of proficiency
    • School districts that want to award emerging bilingualism and biliteracy for students at the Novice level of proficiency in elementary school OR for students with disabilities 
    • Independent schools whose students do not take MCAS

Massachusetts Language Opportunity Coalition Resources

Multistate Association for Bilingual Education - Northeast

MABE-Northeast, PO Box 281 

Ashland, MA 01721

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