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Hawai'i TESOL's September Social
This is the chance to mingle and make connections with other TESOL professionals and students.
Date: Tue. Sept. 15th, 2015
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Place: McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park.
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In Other News
A Seal of Biliteracy for Hawaii's public students has been approved:
The Board of Education hereby establishes a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded upon graduation to students who demonstrate high proficiency in either of the State's two official languages and at least one additional language, including American Sign Language; provided that a student who demonstrates a high proficiency in both of the State's two official languages shall be awarded a Seal of Biliteracy.
The purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy are to recognize the importance of: (1) enabling students to be college, career, and community ready in today's global society; (2) establishing an educational culture that recognizes and values the wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity students bring to the classroom; (3) supporting opportunities for study of and increasing proficiency in ‘Ōlelo Hawai'i, an official language of the State of Hawai'i; and (4) encouraging partnerships with institutions of higher education and community organizations to increase access to language instruction in a variety of languages.
The Department of Education shall implement the Seal of Biliteracy, including developments of criteria that students must satisfy to receive the Seal.
Rationale: The Board of Education recognizes that there is personal, cultural, social, academic, and vocational/occupational value in encouraging students to maintain, or develop, proficiency in more than one language.
Hawaii TESOL would like to thank the BOE for passing this and our own Shawn Ford, who represented Hawaii TESOL in this matter.