SEAL’s (Sobrato Early Academic Language) research-based model transforms school systems by providing professional development, curriculum support and technical assistance. As a result, teachers are equipped to meet the needs of their diverse populations and English Learners thrive.

After more than a decade as a program of the Sobrato Family Foundation, SEAL has become an independent organization. At such a critical juncture for California’s English Learners, we are eager to continue creating engaged, joyful, language-rich learning environments for these students and all students.



— Anya Hurwitz, Executive Director, SEAL

We’re grateful to the Sobrato Family Foundation for their deep commitment to improving the lives of children. Since launching the SEAL model as a pilot over a decade ago, the foundation’s aim has always been to partner with educators to innovate and refine “what works” for students and teachers. With the foundation's ongoing leadership and support, SEAL will continue creating opportunities for children across California to learn and thrive.

— Nuria Godcharles, Teacher, Redwood City School District

SEAL builds dreams. Our students are already little scientists and little historians. If they continue on this path, they will realize their dreams.

— José Manzo, Superintendent, Oak Grove School District

SEAL has changed the impact of how students learn in our classroom. Our English language learners have consistently made significant progress where in the past we haven’t.


SEAL is a powerful English Learner-focused approach to education rooted at the intersection of research and educational equity.


Our Impact

Students reached
Teachers trained

Many thanks to Sobrato Family Foundation for over a decade of success and continued support.