SLS Major Promotes Seal of Biliteracy to DOE principals


Reynold Kajiwara, a senior in the Department of Second Language Studies (SLS), was recently invited to speak as a panelist at the Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) Principals meeting. As a graduate of the public school system and now double-major in SLS and Japanese, Reynold shared his perspective on a new policy that will establish a Seal of Biliteracy in DOE schools. Together with his co-panelists, Elisapeta Tuʻupo-Alaimaleata, executive director of Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center, and a representative of the Hawai‘i Language Roadmap, Reynold illustrated how the Seal of Biliteracy, awarded upon high school graduation for demonstrated proficiency in two languages, can motivate students to maintain and develop bilingualism. Our picture shows Reynold (middle) with Board of Education member Patricia Halagao and DOE Deputy Superintendent Stephen Schatz.