WHO WE ARE
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy works to provide material and program support for schools across Tennessee that wish to offer the award, building on the recommendations and successes of the national Seal of Biliteracy movement, and to connect recipients with college and career opportunities. We see our role as an essential support of the Tennessee Department of Education's Seal of Biliteracy policy and work to ensure equity and availability of the award for every student. We are funded through both grant and private donations and work to include stakeholders throughout Tennessee in the development and growth of the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy program.
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy seeks to provide every Tennessee student with the opportunity and means to receive a Seal of Biliteracy award upon graduation in recognition of demonstrated proficiency in two or more languages and to promote the 21st Century Workforce Skill of biliteracy throughout the state.
We believe that if every Tennessee student has the opportunity and means to receive the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy, then students across the state, including those from traditionally underserved populations, will be uniquely prepared for careers in Tennessee's expanding multilingual job market and will be better positioned as competitive post-secondary applicants and students.
The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy award program works to close the gaps in testing, awareness, and funding to allow every eligible student in Tennessee to receive the Seal of Biliteracy upon high school graduation, while also encouraging the growth of heritage- and world-language programs, including Early Post-Secondary Opportunity coursework, and supports for the state's growing population of English Language Learners and Non-English Language Background Students through collaboration and support with local education agencies, post-secondary leaders, the business community, and community organizations.