Claudia Gallant Honored with State Seal of Biliteracy Award
Posted by: Jennifer Landry 1 year, 8 months ago
Claudia Gallant was honored at the San Diego County Office of Education's 18th Annual Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium last night for her contributions in supporting biliteracy and specifically for her work in implementing the State Seal of Biliteracy in our District. Nominated by Coronado High School Spanish teacher, Maria Gutierrez, Mrs. Gallant was honored with other proponents of biliteracy throughout San Diego County.
Approved by the CUSD Governing Board last year, the State Seal of Biliteracy is an honor recognizing graduating seniors who meet criteria in speaking, reading, and writing one of more languages in addition to English. Both native English speakers who show mastery in English and a foreign language, as well as students whose native language is other than English who master both languages, can qualify for this honor.
This will be the first year Coronado High School has awarded this honor with approximately forty graduating seniors qualifying this inaugural year. Mrs. Gallant has been passionate about implementing this type of program in Coronado for several years, working closely with CUSD's secondary foreign language teachers. As a life-long Spanish language learner and former Spanish teacher herself, Mrs. Gallant feels strongly that biliteracy is an essential skill, especially in today's global environment.
"Being biliterate is the most important 21st century skill," said Mrs. Gallant. "It equates to employment opportunities. What's more important than being able to communicate with more people in this world and in their native language? It opens doors and bridges divides. I am proud that our schools recognize English learners when they become English proficient with special ceremonies. Learning rigorous content in a language other than one's own is very challenging. With the addition of the State Seal of Biliteracy, this will hopefully encourage more students to pursue a foreign language as well."
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