California Council on Teacher Education

California Council on Teacher Education
President (2010)
James Cantor
California State University,
Dominguez Hills
President-Elect (2010)
Magaly Lavadenz
Loyola Marymount University

Vice-President for AACTE (2010)
Joel Colbert
Chapman University

Vice-President for ATE (2010)
Ann L. Wood
California State University,
Los Angeles

Past President (2010)
Reyes Quezada
University of San Diego

Board of Directors
Alice Bullard (2011)
BTSA State Leadership Team
Barbara Ford (2011)
San Francisco State University
Cindy Grutzik (2009)
California State University,
Dominguez Hills
Virginia Kennedy (2010)
California State University,
Jose Lalas (2010)
University of Redlands
Helene Mandell (2009)
California State University,
Della Peretti (2009)
University of California,
Mary Sandy (2011)
University of California, Davis
Heidi Stevenson (2010)
University of the Pacific

Teacher Education Quarterly
Thomas Nelson, Editor
University of the Pacific

Issues in Teacher Education
Margaret Olebe, Editor
Commission on Teacher

Executive Secretary
Alan H. Jones (2010)
Caddo Gap Press
3145 Geary Blvd. PMB 275
San Francisco, CA 94118
Fax 415/666-3552

California State Seal of Biliteracy

Whereas the study of world languages in elementary and secondary schools should
be encouraged because world language study contributes to a pupil’s cognitive
development and our national economy and security; and

Whereas multiple languages are a critical element in enabling California to
participate effectively in a global political, social, cultural, and economic context,
and in expanding trade with other countries; and

Whereas the demand for employees to be fluent in more than one language is
increasing both in California and throughout the world; and

Whereas the California Master Plan for Education calls for pupils to graduate literate
in two or more languages; and

Whereas the California State Seal of Biliteracy has been supported by the California
Association for Bilingual Education, California Tomorrow, Californians Together, the
National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, and the California
PTA, among others; and

Whereas the purposes of a California State Seal of Biliteracy would be as follows:
(1) To encourage pupils to develop biliteracy skills,
(2) To provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and
biliteracy skills,
(3) To revitalize and promote world language instruction in public schools,
(4) To encourage the development of dual language immersion programs and world,
native, and heritage language programs in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, and
(5) To recognize and honor California’s rich and diverse language assets; and

Whereas California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed two bills that would
have established a California State Seal of Biliteracy;

Therefore Be It Resolved that the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)
supports the establishment of a California State Seal of Biliteracy to be affixed to the
diploma or transcript of pupils. The standards for awarding this seal would follow
those delineated in AB 280 (Coto). The Seal would be established to recognize high
school graduates who have attained functional proficiency in speaking, reading, and
writing skills in one or more languages as well as proficiency in English, and to
provide recognition of the attainment of those needed and important skills.

—Resolved unanimously by the Delegate Assembly
of the California Council on Teacher Education,
San Jose, California, March 6, 2008