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DLI 8th graders earn Global Seal of Biliteracy Award

April 28, 2023

     During the April 27 board meeting, Gwinnett County Public SchoolsDual Language Immersion program was highlighted for having reached an impressive milestone, as 8th grade students from the pioneer cohort of the original three schools were recognized and celebrated. To receive a Global Seal of Biliteracy Award, a student must take a test of language fluency that measures speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. The Pathway Award honored 23 students who demonstrated Intermediate-Low level language skills across all four domains. Seven DLI students received the Functional Fluency Award, given to students who demonstrated Intermediate-Mid level language skills across all four domains.

     “Proficiency in multiple languages has tremendous value in today’s global economy. A Seal of Biliteracy celebrates accomplishment and certifies language proficiency in two or more languages. The Global Seal of Biliteracy enables recipients to showcase their language skills to any school or employer across state lines and national borders,’’ says Dr. Jon Valentine, Director of Dual Language Immersion and World Languages for GCPS.

     Nine years ago, the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program was launched in the school district at three elementary schools, with two schools offering Spanish and one school offering French. Today, DLI is a model program with more than 3,000 students enrolled across ten elementary schools and six middle schools with French, Korean, and Spanish being the target languages of instruction.

     Valentine adds, “This accomplishment belongs to not just the students, but every single target language, English teacher, and building leader. At the board meeting, we honored DLI teachers, kindergarten through 8th grade, along with current and former school leaders who helped make this possible.”

Student recipients of the Global Seal of Biliteracy Award:

School

First Name

Last Name

Grade

Recognition

Bay Creek Middle School

Kellyn

Ramsour

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Bay Creek Middle School

Reeza

Chagan

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Tristen

King

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Beyonce

Lola

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Paris

Mensah

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Jiya

Munroe

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Jeriva

Pondo

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Bailey

Ward

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Amadou

Diop

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Dhir

Sampat

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Clarisse

Pardieu

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Gabriel

Fernandes DeSousa

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Bay Creek Middle School

Anderson

Burge

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Shiloh Middle School

Ephratah

Asfaw

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Shiloh Middle School

Jennifer

Castaneda

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Shiloh Middle School

Fatima

Melendez-Garcia

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Shiloh Middle School

Isaiah

Wilson

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Shiloh Middle School

Shakayah

Watson

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Shiloh Middle School

Jasmine

Cruz

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Shiloh Middle School

Faisal

Mohammed

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Shiloh Middle School

Rosemary

Moreno-Garcia

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Shiloh Middle School

Frida

Pena Munoz

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Shiloh Middle School

Elijah

Torres

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Sweetwater Middle School

Fernando

Ventura

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy: Functional Fluency

Sweetwater Middle School

Amilcar

Ancheta

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Sweetwater Middle School

Johan

Ardila-Martinez

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

McConnell Middle School

Zoe

Ford

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Sweetwater Middle School

Andrea

Fuentes-Tobar

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Sweetwater Middle School

Jonathan

Herrera

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

Sweetwater Middle School

Tracy

Tran

8

Global Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Award - Intermediate Low

 

To learn more about the Global Seal of Biliteracy award, click here.