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Missouri Seal of Biliteracy

The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy (SoBL) and Distinguished Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to graduating high school students in districts with a DESE-approved program, who have demonstrated achievement in English, a Language Other Than English (LOTE) and sociocultural competence. All Missouri students studying any of the world’s languages are potential Seal candidates.

Getting Started

To begin, carefully review the Missouri Seal of Biliteracy: Implementation Guide to begin planning at the district level. Identify a district employee responsible for the program and work through the specific details of how students will earn the seal. Then, seek formal school board adoption of the Seal. There are many examples of school board resolutions listed at http://sealofbiliteracy.org/

Once formal school board adoption is obtained, submit the Seal of Biliteracy – Initial Application. If the application is determined to meet the minimum requirements set by DESE, you will be notified in writing of approval and will receive a digital copy of the Missouri SoBL.

We are offering a series of work sessions to help districts prepare for the program. Interested districts should consider sending a small team to one of the following sessions to work through the various elements of the program, talk with other districts and plan the smallest details. Registration details can be found here.

November 27 – Rolla
December 5 – Columbia
December 7 – Kirksville
December 11 – Parkway
December 15 – Springfield
January 9 – Cape Girardeau
January 16 – Warrensburg (a.m.)
January 16 – Kansas City (p.m.)
January 17 – St. Louis
January 19 – St. Joseph

For questions, comments and assistance, please contact Ryan Rumpf at 573-751-3926 or ryan.rumpf@dese.mo.gov.



The Missouri Seal of Biliteracy is endorsed by a number of Missouri businesses and institutions of higher education. See the list below for endorsements and incentives for the Missouri SoBL. If you are interested in adding your endorsement, contact Ryan Rumpf at the number listed above.