CSD Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program

  • Background

    To encourage and support the study of languages in elementary and middle schools, the Cambrian School District along with other K-8 school districts and county offices in the state of California has initiated a series of acknowledgments to encourage students to begin or continue the study of a second or third language.

    In April of 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Cambian School District adopted Board Resolution No. 18-19-06 for adopting a Seal of Biliteracy and Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program to recognize significant student achievement in learning two or more languages.

    CSD will be launching the Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program in the 2019-20 school year.  More information about the timeline and information about how students can participate in the Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program will be coming soon. 

    Please attend the important Information Night to learn about the Cambrian School District's Biliteracy Pathway Program. The event will be held Wednesday, November 13th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the District Office's Professional Development Center, 4115 Jacksol Drive, San Jose, CA 95124. Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Linh Nguyen will lead the discussions and answer your questions.

  • The State Seal of Biliteracy was developed by and receives ongoing support and endorsement from Californians Together, a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, education advocates, and civil rights groups committed to securing equal access to quality education for all children.

    A State Seal of Biliteracy, AB 815, was signed by the governor and enacted into California Education Code on October 8, 2011, and amended by AB 1142 in 2017.

    The State of California Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) award became effective on January 1, 2012. Currently, California is the first state in the nation to honor high school seniors who are proficient in one or more languages other than English.

    Nearly 25,000 graduating high school students across California this summer have earned state recognition for achieving proficiency in multiple languages.

    For more information about the State Seal of Biliteracy, visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp

  • Achieving advanced levels of knowledge and proficiency in another language takes many years and must start early with young children.  The CSD Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program establishes a system of "pathway" awards from preschool through middle school recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracy.  These awards are designed to reward student engagement in pursuit of language skills in two or more languages, to affirm positive attitudes towards multilingualism, and to validate the use of multiple languages for all students.  Additionally, these awards promote the need for students to continue in long-term, sequential world language study in high school.

    The CSD Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program is consistent with current district policies and initiatives that focus on ensuring students' college and career readiness and preparation with next-generation skills. This policy affirms the District vision and commitment to the critical importance of all students developing multilingual and multicultural competence while acquiring marketable skills.

    For information on how to apply for the CSD Biliteracy Pathway Awards Program, go to the following resources: