Seal of Biliteracy Panel Member Volunteer Form
The RBERNs are seeking community members who are proficient in a variety of languages to support schools by serving as panel members for NYS Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) Presentations. Ideal volunteers would be teachers of the target language or native speakers of the language.

The NYSSB acknowledges the importance of being biliterate in today’s global society. It highlights the hard work and achievement of students, and encourages students to pursue language study while in school, including the continued development of one’s home language. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes part of the high school transcript and diploma for these students and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admission. Participating on a Seal of Biliteracy panel is a great opportunity for college faculty, language teachers and community members to learn more about the NYS Seal of Biliteracy while supporting multilingual learners in earning this distinction.

The main task of a volunteer would be to view a high school student's live presentation, interact with the student in the target language, and share feedback using a rubric provided by the school. An online, asynchronous training opportunity will be available for you to learn more about the Seal of Biliteracy and the presentation process. The approximate time commitment is 30 minutes for training and 30 minutes for a student presentation.

For more information on NYSSB Panel Presentations, visit:

For more information on the RBERNs, visit:

For more information on the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, visit:

With questions, please contact:

Melissa Duquette, RBERN West at Erie 1 BOCES

Pietro Mendola, Buffalo Public Schools

Shawnna Sweet, Mid-West RBERN at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
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