In 2016 California had a major policy shift with the passage of Proposition 58, which repealed the state’s 20-year-old English-only education law and recognized the value of bilingualism. The law opened the door for the development of bilingual programs – like SEAL – that many educators in the state had been advocating for for years.

The SEAL model has been successful because of its intense professional development that supports teachers over time—an emphasis on involving families and curriculum designed to build children’s oral language skills.

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