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 Torlakson, Community Leaders to be Honored for Championing Biliteracy at Symposium

The San Diego County Office of Education will honor school district leaders for their work championing proficiency in at least two languages at the 21st annual Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium in May.

Nominations are now being accepted by school districts and charter schools. This is an opportunity to shine a light on the leaders in schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting biliteracy.

The symposium includes the recognition of a community champion and this year former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be present to accept the award for his Global California 2030 initiative. 

The initiative expands biliteracy education in the state as it works to equip students with world language skills to better appreciate and more fully engage with the rich and diverse mixture of cultures, heritages, and languages found in California and the world, while also preparing them to succeed in the global economy. 

The Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 16 at the Marriott La Jolla. In addition to honoring nominees, the event features student performances and a keynote address.  

For more than 20 years, hundreds of families, educators, students, and community members have gathered to recognize the great work happening in districts to cultivate and promote biliteracy, which is a priceless skill in our global economy.

Research shows that students who know more than one language are better prepared for the global community and the job market. Students learning in more than one language, such as in a dual language program, have been shown to develop a variety of critical-thinking skills and perform as well on English assessments as students in a traditional setting.

School district and charter school leaders can still submit their local champion for recognition through April 30.