Celebrating Multilingualism

Framingham Public Schools: Office of Multilingual Education

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Multiliteracy Awards:

Framingham Public Schools is proudly awarding the State Seal of Biliteracy and State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction to students in grade 12, the Language Opportunity Coalition Biliteracy Awards and the district FPS Love of Languages Award to students in grades 5, 8, and 12.

The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy and Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction is awarded to students in grade 12 that have attained high functional and academic levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency in two or more languages and

  • encourages students to study and master languages;

  • certifies attainment of biliteracy skills;

  • recognizes the value of language diversity;

  • provides employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills;

  • provides universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high-level skills in languages;

  • prepares students with skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society; and

  • strengthens intergroup communication and honors the multiple cultures and languages in a community.

The Language Opportunity Coalition Biliteracy and Framingham Public Schools Love of Languages Awards are pathway awards given to students in grades 5, 8 and 12 that celebrates the student's language development trajectory, promotes multiliteracy as an asset and rewards students’ hard work and dedication to becoming multilingual and multiliterate world citizens.

The pathway awards also:

  • honor the skills our students attain and encourage them to continue their study throughout their schooling (and beyond!)

  • strengthen intergroup relationships and honoring the diverse cultures and languages in our community.

  • prepare students with vital skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society.

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Parabéns! Congratulations! ¡Felicidades! Συγχαρητήρια! Toutes nos félicitations!

Congratulations to the participants of the Language Opportunity Coalition Award, Framingham Public Schools Love of Languages Award, Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy and Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy with Distinction!

We are very proud of your accomplishments!

Testimonies and Statements of Multiliteracy

As part of the portfolio process, students completed Testimonies and/or Statements of Multiliteracy in at least two languages. Students had the option of expressing themselves using any medium and considered some guiding questions, including:

  • Who am I?

  • What does being multilingual mean to me?

  • How is being multilingual part of my identity?

  • How has being multilingual helped form my identity?

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¡Muchas gracias! Muito obrigado! Ευχαριστώ πολύ! Grazie mille!

Thank you to Ann Rosa, Cristina Sandza-Donovan, Glenda Espinoza, David Johnston, Cheryl Flaherty and Claudia Diaz for your dedication in celebrating the linguistic trajectory and accomplishments of the students we serve!

Here is a compilation and celebration of the work the students we serve created and agreed to share with the FPS community:

2021 Seal of Biliteracy Award Winners
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Celebration video! Please press on the link. Vídeo de celebração! Por favor, pressione no link do vídeo ¡Video de celebración! Favor de oprimir el enlace.

Our Multilingual Statements and Testimonies

Please download to access to all of the interactive links to read individual student testimonies and statements of multiliteracy.


The Framingham Public Schools Office of Multilingual Education offers research-based programs and exemplary instruction for multilingual learners in the Framingham Public Schools. FPS has a diverse student population and currently instructs students from over 70 countries who speak approximately 72 languages.

We are committed to offering the highest quality of educational experiences to all students through language development programs in English, Spanish and Portuguese that foster grade-level social and academic language proficiency and mastery of state content-area standards, while simultaneously building on and celebrating students' cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds, practices, and experiences.

Our Guiding Principles:
1. Effective programs have equitable access and are based on both standards and current research.
2. Effective instruction meets the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
3. Effective on-going family involvement is integral to student success.
4. Effective professional development improves teaching through the integration of language and content.

Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of the students we serve!

If you have any questions and/or comments to share, please contact Evanggelia Diamantopoulos, Curriculum Coordinator of Multilingual and English Learner programs at ediamano@framingham.k12.ma.us.