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Bedell at Graduations 2020

On Thursday, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an incentive package for BlueScope, a billion-dollar multinational corporation. After a 100 percent property tax abatement for 20 years, they want 13 more, holding the City Council hostage by saying they might move to Kansas.

And what they want is the continuation of a deal that has already disproportionately impacted the funding of Kansas City’s schools, libraries and mental health resources.

Jontell Washington Student of LCPA

Jontell Washington is a builder.

In his case, Jontell knows how to build bridges across linguistic gaps. A member of Lincoln College Preparatory Academy’s Class of 2020, he is one of 59 scholars from across Kansas City Public Schools who earned their Missouri Seal of Biliteracy this year.

Tyrell Wooddard in Model 717 at MINDDRIVE

 Tyrell Woodard is a magician.

With a blowtorch and his brain, Tyrell can craft innovative objects that combine every element of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art and math. He can build cars that require no fossil fuels.

Essay Board student Sofia Murasi

Last fall, Mr. Odam conceived of a college essay board comprised of KCPS staff members who would donate their time and expertise to help students perfect their compositions. The idea was to tap into the considerable talent that can be found across Team KCPS.

Seal of Biliteracy

Through increasing technology, the world is becoming smaller and the increase of bilingual skills are on the rise for professionals in the workplace. A Seal of Biliteracy and the Pathway awards encourage students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain and help build a positive culture of diversity within the school setting.

Students who participate can earn up to 14 college credit hours at a variety of Missouri-based universities. In addition, students with the Seal of Biliteracy do not only have the gift of a second language, but the skills they develop as part of the program are also attractive to future employers.

 

About the Seal of Biliteracy

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is granted by KCPS to recognize students who demonstrate proficiency in English and one or more other world language before high school graduation. The recognition of attaining biliteracy becomes a part of the high school transcript for these students and serves to certify attainment of biliteracy for the community, employers and universities. This recognition is ideal for:

  • Native English speakers studying a foreign language
  • English language learners acquiring English and maintaining their native language

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is recognized and endorsed by a number of colleges, universities and businesses, including Missouri State University, Truman State University and Mastercard. Seal-holders will have opportunities to earn college credit and career development thanks to this recognition. The award becomes part of the student’s transcript:

  • Beneficial when applying to certain Missouri universities
  • Beneficial when applying for jobs at certain Missouri businesses

 

Benefits

  • College credit
  • Values diversity
  • Encourages the study of a second language and culture
  • Recognize, promote, and praise students for their accomplishment
  • Provide employers with a means of identifying bilingual employees
  • Provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants
  • Prepare students with 21st-century skills that will benefit them in a global economy and society
  • Strengthen relationships and honor the cultures and languages in a community

Download the flyer here.

 

Seal of Biliteracy Documentation

Student application

Social-Cultural Competency Essay

Volunteer Hours Tracker

Kids singing in choir