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.

As we navigate this time of uncertainty, SEAL remains steadfast in our commitment to serving our English Learner/Dual Language Learner students, along with their teachers, families, and our partners. SEAL is working to adapt our programs and services to online formats and distance learning contexts given the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find resources to support you and your students, as we traverse the world of effective distance learning for ELs together. Now more than ever, we know that learning must extend far beyond the classroom.



Student in Classroom

— Jennifer McNeil, Principal, Davis Joint Unified School District

Sé que SEAL esta funcionando cuando entro al salón y los niños están alegremente involucrados en el aprendizaje. Están contentos. Están usando lenguaje complejo que no los he escuchado usar antes y entienden el lenguaje que están usando.

Student Working on a Drawing

— Teacher, Franklin McKinley School District

I love SEAL — it reignites my passion for teaching. I feel motivated to grow.

Students Doing Science Experiment with Safety Goggles On

— 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.

Students Working on an Assignment Together

— 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.

Teacher Presenting a Book

Our Impact

Students reached
Teachers trained

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