SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is the first county office of education to receive the Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy Recognition Award. Presented by Californians Together, the award celebrates organizations for leading the way in world-class language education from preschool through 12th grade.
The award will be presented Friday evening to Jon R. Gundry, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, and staff from the SCCOE Multilingual Education Services team at the Seal of Excellence Banquet during the annual California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) conference in Anaheim.
"There are over 60 languages spoken by students in Santa Clara County. We are very proud to have a consortium of districts and charter schools that recognizes our students' aspirations and attainment of biliteracy," said Mr. Gundry. "All students, regardless of their language background can succeed in learning another language and culture. In addition, these programs have the potential to help eliminate the achievement gap for traditionally underserved students. The SCCOE is committed to diversity, educational equity, and successful programs for bilingual and multilingual learners."
In winning the award, the SCCOE was recognized for promoting the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards in school districts, the national "My Name, My Identity" initiative, National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, and many other notable efforts.
For more information about the award, including the criteria, please see the official announcement from Californians Together.
Founded in 1998, Californians Together is a statewide nonprofit coalition of 25 parent, professional and civil rights organizations committed to securing equal access to quality education for all children.
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