Our story began with the Sobrato family and their strong belief that all children should have access to opportunities for growth and success in school. In 2008, the Sobrato Philanthropies partnered with Dr. Laurie Olsen to design and pilot a new, comprehensive approach to learning in preschool and early elementary grades. The result was the creation of the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) model.
After external evaluation results proved SEAL’s outsized impact, the model was expanded and replicated, first in the Bay Area and then throughout the state of California. In 2019, SEAL became an independent organization with the aim of scaling our impact and engaging new partners that connect educators, families, researchers, advocates, and policy leaders to elevate English Learners and Dual Language Learners and promote multilingualism for all students.