Author: Grace Earley

3 days, 8 wards, 100 advocates and a U-Turn?

Guest post by Fabrice Jaumont  Back from DC where I proudly supported the efforts of DC Immersion and its wonderful team in what is now referred to as the Bilingual Revolution in DC. During these three days, I took part in no less than 9 events and talked about my book, the role of parents in creating dual language programs, and how these could benefit DC public schools. I stopped by in all 8 Wards and met with community leaders, elected officials, motivated parents, and bilingual educators, while explaining how NYC parents and educators have created new dual language programs in...

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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 pipelines for bilingual teachers. To all the parents and community members who have proposed, advocated, and begged, thank you. Your desires were listened to. To everyone in DCPS who advocated for this huge step forward, and to Chancellor Wilson who wants “DC to be known for [our desire to grow bilingual education]”, we heart you. In the next five years,...

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An interview with Fabrice Jaumont

Below is an interview with our friend Fabrice Jaumont author of “Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages”. He is one of the international authorities on bilingual education and community engagement relating to it. We owe him a debt of gratitude for having been one of the staunchest supporters of our work from the very early days of our organization. You can meet him and ask your own questions during our District-wide series of family-friendly events on October 20th-22nd “Bilingual Revolution in DC”. Why did you write The Bilingual Revolution? The idea for this book came about through...

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Praise from the Committee on Education

DC Immersion was among many respected education advocates to testify during the DC Council’s Committee on Education hearing on the 2017-2022 DC Public Schools Strategic Plan. Together with other public witnesses, DC Immersion spoke out in support of DCPS strategic goals which include multilingual education and increasing teacher pipelines for bilingual teachers. Councilmember Trayon White was interested in which language should be prioritized, Councilmember Robert White stated “I couldn’t agree with you more [on the importance of dual language]… There is a large population of DC residents who agree with you and want to see more dual language education in...

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Monolingual parents of kids in dual language – you’ve got this!

So you’ve won the lottery and your child is about to begin the adventure of a lifetime – learning in two languages. You are excited but also anxious about how to help your child when you do not speak or understand one of those languages.  Though you are not with your child in the classroom, you are part of the program and your participation is key to your child’s learning. Here’s 10 ways you can be your child’s partner in this wonderful journey. You’ve made the right decision, own it! Effective dual-language programs require parents, teachers, and students to...

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Debate over Bilingual Education