Letter from the Executive Director
Dear SEAL Partners,
I wish I was writing to you under happier circumstances, as the end of the school year is something SEAL loves to celebrate. But I write to you against the backdrop of the second anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and less than a month after one of the worst mass school shootings in our nation’s history.
At a time when we should be celebrating another year of joyful learning, we are mourning students who were robbed of their immense potential and teachers who died heroically trying to save their students. Amid this anger and loss, SEAL is grateful for the resilience of school leaders and teachers everywhere who showed up for students and held space for each other.
It feels so out of place to talk about our work surrounded by so much sadness and stress, but I would be remiss in not expressing my deep gratitude to all the educators that we partnered with this school year and to our SEAL team who worked tirelessly to support them. Right now our newsletter might be the furthest thing from your minds. When you’re ready, please return to read our wonderful updates and utilize the educator resources within.
I will be treating every moment this summer as the gift that it truly is, recognizing that for many, it will be an ongoing struggle to overcome the enormity of all the pain.
Wishing you healing moments this summer.
BTPDP Policy Brief – COMING SOON!
In the fall of 2017, the California Department of Education awarded the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) state grant to eight Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to address the bilingual teacher shortage in California. Oak Grove School District was awarded a BTPDP grant to support a partnership between SEAL and a consortium of twelve school districts and one county office of education. The Oak Grove/SEAL BTPDP project provided activities and resources to teachers to increase their dual language/bilingual pedagogical knowledge and skills and support their efforts to obtain their Bilingual Authorization. Overall, the project demonstrated positive results by increasing the supply of fully authorized bilingual educators and supporting all teacher participants in deepening their expertise around dual language/bilingual pedagogy. We share these findings and more in an upcoming policy brief: Building the Supply of Bilingual Teachers in California: Evidence From State Investment Shows Districts Should Look Closer to Home for Bilingual Teacher Candidates.
In the meantime, you can read this article by Martha I. Martínez, Ph.D., SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language) & Guadalupe Díaz Lara, Ph.D., California State University, Fullerton, that was featured in the March 2022 issue of CABE’s Multilingual Educator magazine. Read the article below and you can also read the entire March 2022 Multilingual Educator online here.
Our Call To Action in EdSource: Keep an Eye on Equity in Bilingual Education
- Fostering antiracist mindsets through ideological clarity: the ability of teachers to identify deficit-based perspectives of emergent bilinguals and to develop asset-based frameworks and instructional approaches that help them teach in culturally responsive ways and that allow all students to thrive.
- Ensuring meaningful and authentic engagement with Spanish-speaking families: these family-school partnerships are essential for creating equitable bilingual programs and school systems for English Learners.
We are extremely proud to see equity-focused bilingual programs grow in California after an almost 20-year ban. We know it can be done and stand ready to partner to keep the focus on equity in bilingual education.
- Read our call to action in EdSource
- Read a summary of the NABE article
- Read the NABE academic journal article
Antilinguicist Schools, Antilinguicist Systems
SEAL’s recently published chapter called, “Antilinguicist Schools, Antilinguicist Systems”, describes how linguicism operates in schools, its harmful impacts on DLLs and ELs, and SEAL’s approach to addressing it. Like racism, linguicism reproduces inequalities between groups of people; however, linguicism does this on the basis of language. It grows out of racist ideologies and is reinforced by them. For example, when a teacher sees her brown-skinned students who have recently immigrated from Latin America as entering the classroom with “no language.” To foster antilinguicist schools and systems, SEAL works with educators at the classroom, school and district level to explore the intersections between language, race and power, and to cultivate assets-based beliefs, policies and practices so that multilingual learners can thrive in their schools. This published chapter was co-authored by several current and former SEAL staff members, including Joanna Meadvin, Adriana Diaz, Guadalupe Diaz, Anya Hurwitz, Martha I. Martinez, Corina Sapien, and Corey Weschler.
SEAL in the Field
Full Model Training
SEAL Joins the One Million Teachers of Color Coalition
Educator Webinar on Resources for Supporting PreK – 3rd Grade Multilingual Children!
- Family engagement
- Supporting ML’s oral language development
- Supporting ML’s home language development
Advocacy Day in Sacramento
Leveraging Elementary Academic Text to Deepen Language Proficiency Webinar
SEAL at CABE!
- World in the Classroom: Honoring Students’ and Teachers’ Identities and Experiences
- Lead for Equity: The Power of Dual Language Programs
- Coaching: The Essential Role to Enact Powerful, Lasting Reform
- Tools and Techniques for Planning Responsive DELD Lessons
- ¡El Tiempo es Ahora! / The Time is Now! Empower Yourself – Advocate for Dual Language Programs
- ¡Taller para padres!
- Designated and Integrated ELD: Using Language Functions as a Bridge
- Supporting DLLs in PreK & TK
- Calling all Parents & Guardians!
SEAL at AERA!
Professional Development Offerings
SEAL’s Powerful Professional Learning for Dual Language Program Leaders & Teachers
English Learner Advocacy Institute 2022
- Institute Flyer and Registration: https://caltog.co/3tKjspG
- Printable Flyer: https://caltog.co/3yZbEU9
- Application Deadline: June 30, 2022
Welcome to SEAL
Jacqui Frankle, Program Support Assistant
Julia Fajardo, Program Support Assistant
Julia joined the SEAL team in April 2022. She received her BA degree in Communication with an emphasis in Digital Media from Saint Mary’s College of California. Before joining the SEAL team as the program support assistant, she previously worked coordinating the administrative, virtual event planning, and marketing in the mental health space. Growing up in a family of educators, Julia continues to be an advocate for educational equality and quality instruction in the classroom.