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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.

There are already a few school districts in Missouri who have gone through the process to make the Seal of Biliteracy available to their students. Thank you to the following school districts for recognizing the value of this great program:

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

Professional Learning

There will be a series of professional learning opportunities introducing the Seal of Biliteracy early in the 2018-19 school year. In addition to the introductory webinar, interested school districts are encouraged to participate in one of two live webinars or attend a work session in Jefferson City. The purpose of the Live WebEx based online learning sessions is to expand on the information from the webinar as well as to answer questions from the participants. The purpose of the work session is to share ideas and resources, assist districts with the paperwork and to create plans for implementation. Registration details are as follows:

August 28 – Live WebEx – 3:00-4:00 (due to licensing restrictions, we cannot record)
Registration Link

September 4 – Live WebEx – 8:00-9:00 (due to licensing restrictions, we cannot record)
Registration Link

September 11 – Seal of Biliteracy Work Session
Governor’s Office Building 450 – Jefferson City
Registration Link



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 573-751-3926.