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MA State Seal of Biliteracy Letter to Graduates

May 26, 2020

Dear Graduate,

Congratulations on your accomplishment. As a graduate who has obtained the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy, you join an elite group of young adults who are able to work, study, and thrive in English and at least one other language. We at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) celebrate your success and join your loved ones in feeling pride for you in this success.

DESE would like to encourage you to continue to use your multilingual and multicultural skills in your future endeavors. Whether you are planning on attending a post-secondary institution, entering directly into the workforce, serving our country in the armed forces, investing in your family or community, traveling abroad, or simply taking some time to celebrate your success, we encourage you to seek out opportunities to use your language skills to advance yourself and your community.

It is our hope that you consider a career in education, where you can use your language skills to become a multilingual role model to our linguistically diverse students in schools and classrooms throughout the Commonwealth. So many of our students are waiting for a teacher that speaks their home language or identifies with their home culture. Many of them may never see a teacher that looks like them or talks like them. Many of them are waiting on teachers like you. We ask you to consider sharing your language skills in a world language class, an ESL class, a bilingual program, or any other area of public education. To that end, we would like to invite you to use your language skills to invest in the next generation of multilingual Massachusetts students. Having earned the state Seal of Biliteracy, DESE is pleased to award you with a voucher to take a Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) at no cost to you. You may choose to apply this award to either the Communication and Literacy MTEL or the Bilingual Education MTEL. To take advantage of this offer, please contact Download Word Document at least one month prior to taking the MTEL.

Once again, congratulations on your achievement in earning the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and the fullest future imaginable.

Andy McDonie
World Language Acquisition Specialist
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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