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World Languages

Starting a NYS Seal of Biliteracy Program

Presenters:  Candace Black & Cristina Santiago-Campbell

Original Webinar Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 25th, 2023, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Webinar description:   Have you been thinking about exploring the idea of starting a NYS Seal of Biliteracy program at your school?  This program has experienced tremendous growth since it was first offered in 2015-16.  In 2022-23, more than 420 NYS high schools offered the Seal to their students.  This session will review what the Seal is, who can earn this distinction, what benefits it brings to students, educators, and schools, as well as what it takes to start a Seal of Biliteracy program.  A wealth of digital resources will be provided to support schools interested in starting a Seal program for the upcoming year.  Time will be allotted at the end of the session for questions from participants.  Come and learn about how you can honor your English Language Learners (ELLs), your World Language students, and your Heritage Language Speakers who are developing the 21st century skill of biliteracy.

Click here to access webinar flyer.

Link to Handouts folder from webinar

Link to recording of webinar

Link to post-assessments

To receive a certificate of completion (including a CTLE certificate), NYS educators must view the recording of the webinar (see link above) in its entirety and then answer at least seven out of ten questions correctly on the post assessment.  If the minimum required score (7 out of 10) is achieved, the educator will receive a certificate via email within an hour.  For the convenience of our World Language educators, there are multiple versions of the post assessment available, should the required score not be achieved on the first attempt.  Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.

Important notes:

  1. Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.  Credit will not be given for taking a single version of the post assessment more than once. 
  2. Credit will not be given for more than one passing score on any of the post assessments for a webinar (listed below) in a single academic year.  
  3. Educators may receive credit for viewing the webinar recording and passing a post assessment once in each academic year and are encouraged to take a different version of the post assessment on a yearly basis to review and test their knowledge of the webinar's content. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the individual educator to keep track of the information on the professional learning they complete each year, including the number of CTLE hours.
  5. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (518) 473-7505 or at sends e-mail)(link sends e-mail).

Webinar Summary

# of attendees:  23
# of CTLE certificates issued:  16
# of certificates of attendance issued: 7 
# of organizations represented by attendees: 15  

19 participants from district schools
1 participants from non-public schools

For more information on the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, please visit our website or contact

Webinar Presenter:  Candace Black is the World Languages Associate in the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at the New York State Education Department.  She is currently leading the implementation of the revised NYS World Languages Standards and oversees the NYS Seal of Biliteracy program.  Candace graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in French from SUNY Potsdam and earned both her M.B.A., and M.A.T. from the University of Rochester. A National Board-Certified Teacher, Candace taught French for 21 years and served as an IB Diploma Coordinator. In 2021, she was the recipient of the President’s Award for both NYSAFLT and NYSAWLA and was elected as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government.  In all her roles, most especially her current one, Candace is deeply committed to the professional learning and support of World Language teachers and the promotion of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy. 













Cristina Santiago-Campbell is the Assistant Principal for World Languages and English as a New Language at Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City.  Previously, she held the position of LOTE Assessments Manager at the Office of Assessment, NYCDOE.  Cristina has been teaching Spanish for 20 years and has taught AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature for over 14 years.  As of 2022 Ms. Santiago Campbell serves on the AP Spanish Literature and Culture Development Committee where she is one of three secondary school members selected nationally to help develop the AP Spanish Literature & Culture Course and Exam.  Ms. Santiago-Campbell has a B.A. in Spanish Secondary Education from St. John’s University, an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Brooklyn College, and an M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Touro College.  Cristina has dedicated her career to encouraging the study and teaching of world languages and cultures.  She is also the current regional director representing New York City for the New York Association For Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) and a long-term member of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy Taskforce.