WHAT WE DO

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PROGRAM MATERIALS & SUPPORT

As schools and districts across Tennessee work to incorporate the Seal of Biliteracy into their academic programs, the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy is available to provide advice, program support, and materials that can help to easily begin or continue a Seal of Biliteracy award program.

Our materials- including diploma seals, medals, and printable certificates- and years of experience growing Seal of Biliteracy programs are available to public, private, and charter schools and districts in Tennessee.  Public schools receive support at no cost and independent schools at a low annual program fee.

We believe that each school and district is unique and seek to support each community in building a meaningful award program for their students! 

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SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Scholarship was established to support equitable access to post-secondary education for Tennessee's exceptional biliterate students. The inaugural 2020 Scholarship Award program provided one $1000 scholarship award and one $500 scholarship award to a 2020 Seal of Biliteracy recipients who demonstrated academic, linguistic, and extracurricular excellence.

Applications meeting the eligibility guidelines were reviewed and evaluated by a committee comprised of volunteers from Tennessee's business, education, and non-profit sectors. 

Information about the 2021 Scholarship Award Program will be shared in Winter 2020/21.

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EQUITABLE TESTING SUPPORT

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.

Applications for this support are available to Title I schools each Spring.

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AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Ambassador Program is a one-year program designed to support exceptional biliterate graduates as they leave high school to enter college and career and to promote the Seal of Biliteracy award program throughout the Tennessee. 

 

The ambassador program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective leaders and advocates in their communities, as well as to provide opportunities to engage in a variety of advocacy work and networking opportunities throughout the state.   Ambassadors are selected through a competitive process and applicants must be able to meet all expectations of the year-long program to be considered.  

Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy Ambassadors serve as advocates for the 21st century workforce skill of biliteracy by acting as examples of exceptional academic and personal accomplishments in their communities.

Ambassadors are trained during a two-day convening in Nashville or digitally, based on CDC recommendations, to effectively share their story, advocate for positive change, and design an Impact Project to implement during the year.  In convening in person, all ambassadors accepted to the program will have housing, food, and transportation within Nashville provided during the two-day workshop.   

Ambassadors will have opportunities throughout the year to use the skills and abilities they learn during our training in real-world contexts, including, but not limited to, meeting with state legislators, presenting at community high schools, and speaking at a variety of events.  Ambassadors will also receive year-long mentorship and support for their Impact Project.