We Advocate and Inform Policy

We help make language immersion available across the DC region by informing education and economic development decision-makers about the value of linguistic and cultural competence. 

We partner with leading education and family rights’ organizations to form broad advocacy coalitions.

We partner with think tanks and universities for our policy work to go deeper.

OUTCOMES

  • Legislation to expand dual language introduced by majority of DC Council
  • Creation and funding of Office of Multilingual Education
  • 40 ambassadors trained to be advocates
  • Language remains high school graduation requirement for all

Your entire coalition […] has made a huge difference to move us forward in DC.

Councilmember David Grosso

DC Council Education Committee Chair

ACTFL Report Highlights Need For Languages in U.S. Workforce

ACTFL Report Highlights Need For Languages in U.S. Workforce

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), a longstanding partner in DC Immersion’s work, recently released Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers. This report highlights the increased demand for...

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DC Funds Language Roadmap

DC Funds Language Roadmap

Demand for multilingual employees in the DC region has more than doubled over the last five years, yet less than 8% of DC students are on a path to becoming proficient in more than one language. On Tuesday, as part of the FY2020 Budget, the DC Council approved funding...

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How to testify in front of the DC Council

How to testify in front of the DC Council

Providing public testimony at a DC Council hearing is one of the most effective ways of communicating with the legislators of the District of Columbia. You can testify in your personal capacity or on behalf of a community or organization you represent. Whether you are...

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East End Ribbon Cutting for Elsie Whitlow Stokes!

East End Ribbon Cutting for Elsie Whitlow Stokes!

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Elsie Whitlow Stokes East End PCS embodies how far we have come in the understanding of and support for dual language programs in the District of Columbia. DC Immersion is incredibly proud of this progress. Read our...

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DCAYA’s Advocacy Impact Award goes to … DC Immersion!

DCAYA’s Advocacy Impact Award goes to … DC Immersion!

In September, DC Immersion's Executive Director Vanessa Bertelli was awarded the 2018 Individual Advocacy Impact Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and achievement in promoting citywide progress on behalf of youth, young adults and students. We are...

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Bridging America’s Language Gap: A Call to Action

Bridging America’s Language Gap: A Call to Action

DC Immersion is proud to partner with leaders in American business, government, and education in a national effort to strengthen language education so that individual Americans can more effectively participate in a global society, and the nation as a whole can prosper...

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Handy guide to educate your preferred candidate

Election season is upon us. So we've compiled a handy guide to help you educate your favorite candidate about the need for more and better multilingual education in DC. CHILDREN IN DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS ACHIEVE BETTER, WHATEVER THEIR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ETHNICITY...

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Invest 550,000 in FY2019 for Multilingual Education!

Invest 550,000 in FY2019 for Multilingual Education!

Demand for multilingual education in the District is off the charts, but only 8% of District youth have access to these opportunity-boosting programs. The Mayor’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget DOES NOT include funding for multilingual education which is key to...

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Languages as privilege

Languages as privilege

Languages equal privilege. Languages are taught in private schools much more than in public schools. Wealthy Americans send their kids to Mandarin dual language schools in droves. Wealthier kids have Spanish speaking nannies, private language tutors, will go travel...

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Advocacy Toolkit for DC Parents

Advocacy Toolkit for DC Parents

We've listened! Here is the ultimate advocacy toolkit to get a multilingual program started in your community. Tell us a little more about yourself so we can better support and connect you with other advocates in your community, and download the toolkit here. Or you...

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Multilingual Education is a Strategic Priority!

Multilingual Education is a Strategic Priority!

The new 2017-2022 DC Public School Strategic Plan was released this month. We are proud and excited that, after years of advocacy and community engagement, multilingual education is finally one of DC Public School’s Strategic Priorities, along with increasing...

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