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Sobrato's SEAL Model Awarded the 2014 Golden Bell Award

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Developed by Sobrato Philanthropies, Hoover Elementary's Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) model has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Golden Bell Award for implementation of Common Core.

For 35 years, the California School Board Association [CSBA] has honored educational programs that exemplify highly effective governance, teaching, and student learning through its Golden Bell Award program. This year, Hoover Elementary School’s Sobrato Early Academic Language model [SEAL] was chosen as 2014’s best in class in CSBA’s brand new “Common Core” category...

Bolstered by student outcomes achieved during its pilot stage, SEAL has expanded not only to 4 additional schools in the Redwood City School District, but to a total of 30 schools in 5 districts throughout Silicon Valley this school year, already impacting more than 20,000 students. (View list of SEAL sites in Silicon Valley.) Rick Williams, Sobrato Family Foundation CEO said, “Golden Bell Award criteria require winners to be innovative, data-driven, and proven to make a significant difference for students. SEAL is precisely those things. As SEAL expands throughout the Valley, the program is helping close the gap for thousands more English Learners and low-income students.” Adds Mr.
Williams, “By 2019, our goal is to partner with approximately 50 schools in the region to train nearly 2000 teachers, and impact up to 40,000 students with this effective, powerful model of language learning.”

Congratulations to Sobrato Philanthropies and NCG member the Sobrato Family Foundation on the success of its pilot program at Hoover Elementary and on receiving the 2014 Golden Bell Award.