South Plainfield, NJ – On June 2nd, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, NJ Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language/ NJ Bilingual Educators (NJTESOL/NJBE) honored Senator Patrick Diegnan for his significant support in passing the NJ Seal of Biliteracy making NJ the 15th state to adopt such legislation.

"I am truly honored to receive this recognition from the NJTESOL/NJBE," said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “In almost any other developed nation you visit, today's generation is highly proficient in more than one language. We should be encouraging New Jersey’s children to achieve literacy in more than one language so they can be better prepared to engage the global political, social, and economic future.”

 

As a result of Senator Diegnan’s efforts, the NJ Department to Education will implement the Seal of Biliteracy in the coming year. Since 2013, over 24 districts have participated in a pilot program which established the required criteria needed to demonstrate proficiency in two languages. NJTESOL/NJBE and Foreign Language Educators of NJ (FLENJ) collaborated to award the Seal of Biliteracy to students in those pilot districts. This past year, over 725 graduating seniors in 16 different languages achieved this distinguished designation.

 

NJTESOL/NJBE is a not-for-profit association of educators and administrators dedicated to the instruction of English language learners at all levels of public and private education. Their interests include classroom practices, research, curriculum development, funding, employment and socio-political concerns.