Redwood City School District

San Mateo County, CA

Preschools
  • Hoover Child Development Centers
    (4 state-funded programs at 1 site,
    original pilot site)
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  • Selby Lane Child Development Center
    (2013 expansion site)
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  • Taft Child Development Center
    (2013 expansion site)
 
Elementary Schools
  • Hoover Community Elementary School
    (original pilot site)
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  • Taft Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site)
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  • Selby Lane Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site)
 
 

San Jose Unified School District

Santa Clara County, CA

 
Preschools
  • Almaden Child Development Centers
    (2 state-funded programs at 1 site,
    original pilot site)
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  • Gardner Child Development Centers
    (2 state-funded programs at 1 site,
    original pilot site)
 
Elementary Schools
  • Almaden Elementary School
    (original pilot site)
  • Gardner Academy Elementary
    (original pilot site)
 
 

Santa Clara Unified School District

Santa Clara County, CA

 
Preschools
  • Scott Lane Preschool
    (2013 expansion site)
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  • George Mayne Preschool
    (2013 expansion site)
 
Elementary Schools
  • George Mayne Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Scott Lane Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site)
 
 

Oak Grove School District

Santa Clara County, CA

 
Preschools
  • Stipe Preschool
    (2013 expansion site) 
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  • Edenvale Preschool
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Christopher Preschool
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Miner Preschool
    (2013 expansion site)  
 
Elementary Schools
  • Stipe Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Edenvale Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Christopher Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site)
  •  
  • Miner Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site)
 
 

San Lorenzo School District

Alameda County, CA

 
Preschools
  • Kidango Preschool, Bay Center
    (2013 expansion site) 
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  • Kidango Preschool, Del Rey Center
    (2013 expansion site)
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  • Kidango Preschool, Grant Center
    (2013 expansion site)
  •  
  • Kidango Preschool, Hesperian Center
    (2013 expansion site) 
 
Elementary Schools
  • Colonial Acres Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Grant Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site) 
  •  
  • Hesperian Elementary School
    (2013 expansion site)
 
 
 

Community Impact

 

Since 2008, the Sobrato Family Foundation had invested $6.6M in direct service support to two regional school districts, three elementary schools and eleven feeder preschools (see list of our Pilot Schools on the left) implementing the model. In 2014, SEAL expanded to another 16 schools across 4 districts, reaching 11,000 students. Sobrato Philanthropies has now committed an additional $5M to expand the SEAL program throughout the region. Our goal by 2019 is to partner with 35 more schools, reaching an additional 28,000 students with this effective, powerful model of language learning.

 

Our capacity building and technical assistance support includes:

  • Teacher release time to engage in professional development, planning and collaboration

  • Instructional coaches and a full-time school on-site Facilitator

  • Classroom materials and equipment needed for bilingual and enriched language development approaches

  • Science and art enrichment

  • Professional development

Pilot Evaluation

 

SEAL includes an external evaluation of impacts on family literacy practices and on students conducted by Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Professor in the College of Education at San Jose State University and nationally recognized researcher on dual language education. The evaluation provides data and analysis on each student who enrolls in the SEAL preschool classrooms, and follows those students longitudinally as they progress through the grade levels. Using three different assessment measures including standard assessments relied upon by school districts and the state, the evaluation analyzes growth in language development and academic achievement.

 

Major findings of the third year evaluation based on 732 children in SEAL classrooms, including 422 whose entire schooling has been in SEAL classrooms from preschool forward, show highly significant gains in language, literacy and cognition, as well as a significant impact on family literacy. Specifically:

 
  • Sobrato Early Academic Language Pilot children entered preschool with very low levels of proficiency in Spanish, the primary language of most students, and no fluency in English. They come from families in which parent education levels are disproportionately lower than district and state English Learner comparison groups. Those in the bilingual classrooms made highly significant gains in Spanish. Children in both English and Spanish classrooms also made particularly high growth in measures associated with pre-literacy or literacy (such as reading, writing and story retells).
  • Children began as preschoolers with low scores similar to the comparison groups, but by kindergarten entry:
    • had scored higher than a non-SEAL comparison group in Spanish,
    • had scored comparably to a first grade comparison group at a successful dual language school, and
    • were no lower in overall English proficiency than comparison children and were much higher in English reading and writing than district and state averages or comparison groups.
  • Children in the bilingual program:
    • scored higher in Spanish and in English and made greater gains in Spanish compared to SEAL children in all-English instruction, and
     
    • scored as high and made similar gains in English.
 

A five-year pilot initiative final evaluation is scheduled for Fall 2014.

 

Community Involvement

 

SEAL partners with regional institutions to bring enrichment and educational resources into the pilot school sites. These partners include:

 
 

SEAL also participates in the Redwood City School Readiness Task Force and the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Biliteracy Consortium.

 

Who To Contact

Sobrato Early Academic Language Pilot questions can be sent to Dr. Laurie Olsen at LOlsen@Sobrato.org