Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy
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PO Box 60091
Nashville, TN 37206
Organization Details

Programs

Budget
$5,000.00
Description
The annual Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Award program provides collaborating schools and districts across Tennessee with training and support, program materials, medals, diploma seals, and more to fully and easily implement a Seal of Biliteracy award program at their site(s).
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Long-term Success
More than 550 students across Tennessee have received the award since 2019 and we aim to ensure that all Tennessee students have access to the award program by advocating, educating, and training educators and leaders to implement the award program at the schools, as well as provide all needed materials for a successful award program.
Program Success Monitored By
Number of recipients each year;
Number of participating sites;
Number of sites that continue offering the award across academic years
Program Areas Served
Tennessee High Schools
Budget
$5,000.00
Description
Pathway Awards are an innovative program that will highlight 5th and 8th grade graduates as they pursue fluency in two or more languages and encourage them to continue deepening their English and World Language literacy. Recipients will receive a medal and a certificate documenting their accomplishment. Participating public schools will receive World Language testing, as needed, for eligible students. Additionally, schools or districts may offer World Language course credit based on World Language assessment scores.
Beneficiaries
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
K-12 (5-19 years)
Long-term Success
We seek to pilot a Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Pathway award for one - two academic years to best prepare our organization for a full support and rollout of the Pathway award at our collaborating sites. Educators and stakeholders will provide feedback and insight on the program and its implementation. Long-term success would be demonstrated by offering the award at the middle schools that feed into each participating high school.
Program Success Monitored By
Number of participating sites;
Number of students receiving the Pathway award;
Recipient, educator, and leader feedback surveys and interviews
Program Areas Served
Tennessee Middle Schools
Budget
$1,500.00
Description
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Scholarship Award program is a competitive one-time scholarship award open to each year's recipients. Beginning in Spring 2020, we have awarded 1 $500 and 1 $1,000 award to exceptional Tennessee graduates. Student applications include an essay and personal statement, which are assessed by a panel of community leaders from a variety of nonprofit, educational, and community organizations.
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
K-12 (5-19 years)
Long-term Success
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Scholarship Award currently provides one $500 and one $1,000 award each year. We seek to continue and expand our Scholarship offerings over the next five years and hope to offer 1. multiple scholarship awards and/or 2. multi-year scholarship awards to exceptional award recipients each year, determined by grant, community, and individual donations to this fund.
Program Success Monitored By
Documentation of the Scholarship Award application and selection process;
Documentation of receipt of funds from Post-Secondary institutions
Program Areas Served
Tennessee High Schools; Post-Secondary
Budget
$3,000.00
Description
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy seeks to close the gaps in awareness, funding, and equity that inhibit the growth of the award program in Tennessee. Our Equitable Testing Support fund allows us to provide World Language testing in more than 25 languages for students at participating Title I schools, with both remote and in-person testing options available.
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
K-12 (5-19 years)
Long-term Success
Through our support of World Language testing for Title I schools, we are able to offer the award in more than 25 languages at schools where world and heritage language assessments may not be available in each student's World Language. Enhancing equity in the availability and pathways to the award are key to our work in Tennessee and growth of our award program, and testing support is a vital part of honoring and recognizing all eligible students in our state.
Program Success Monitored By
Number of tests provided;
Number of participating schools;
Student scores on assessments and success in meeting award criteria
Program Areas Served
Tennessee High Schools
Budget
$6,000.00
Description
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Ambassador Program is a one-year leadership cohort for award recipients that will begin in Summer 2021. The Ambassador Program provides fellowship and mentorship for young leaders across Tennessee as they explore ways to craft and implement a community-focused project that will highlight the importance of cultural competencies, world and heritage language education, and/or 21st century workforce readiness through a 2-day convening and quarterly meetings. Mentorship is provided by our community stakeholders and organizations, and is tailored to each participant's interests and needs.
Beneficiaries
Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
K-12 (5-19 years)
Long-term Success
Our Ambassador Program seeks to provide participants with leadership, advocacy, and communication skills to be leaders in their chosen career paths and communities. Through community, individual, and corporate engagement, we aim to foster rich discussion and learning with our Ambassadors that provides mentorship and fellowship for participants across Tennessee as they develop and implement projects within their home communities.
Program Success Monitored By
Number of Ambassadors who successfully complete the cohort;
Engagement of community, individual, and corporate stakeholders;
Stakeholder and participant feedback surveys
Program Areas Served
Tennessee High Schools; Post-Secondary; College & Career Readiness