Author: vbertelli

Bilingual education benefits all students

In response to a recent article suggesting that the rising popularity of dual language programs could leave Latinos behind, we feel data, research and a broader perspective are needed. This complex topic cannot be reduced to Latinos versus rest of DC residents, nor can it make abstraction from the demographics and segregated geography of the District. The DC Language Immersion Project advocates for bilingual education for everybody, including but not limited to English language learners who are Latinos. We advocate for bilingual education to be systemically integrated into DC’s strategic education plan and this is why.   1. All kids...

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The importance of building synergies on multilingual education for all students

The excerpt below from Diane J. Tedick’s chapter “United States of America: The Paradoxes and Possibilities of Bilingual Education” in “Building Bilingual Education Systems: Forces, Mechanisms and Counterweights” sets out why it makes sense for all advocates of bilingual education to join forces and work together. Sincere thanks to the authors Tedick, Genesee and Mehisto for allowing us to reproduce the complete scholarly chapter here. Highlighting is ours. “The growth in immersion programmes, the positive media attention surrounding them (e.g. Eaton 2014; Maxwell 2012; Mellon 2014), and recent discussions regarding the repeal of anti-bilingual legislation (e.g. Morrison 2014), perhaps signal...

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Rising popularity of dual-language education could leave Latinos behind

By Tara García Mathewson, US News, July 31, 2017 This article raises the very important issue of who should have priority in the expansion of bilingual education at a critical time, as DCPS is about to issue its strategic plan which will include the expansion of dual language programs. For our views on this issue, see here. “The DC Language Immersion Project has been one of the loudest voices in favor of expanded dual-language education for the last few years. It formed in 2014 as a grassroots collective of parents, educators and community members interested in the broad goal of...

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Bilingual Daycares in DC

We’re with you. Your young child’s brain should get on with one of the things it does best at this age – acquire languages! To help you out, we compiled this listing of center based daycares (D) and home and family daycares (HD) with immersion or bilingual programs. Playgroups, cooperatives and anything less than five days a week with a bilingual component we plan to list in a separate listing. If you are in a rush to get your hands on that listing, or would like a listing that extends beyond DC, please consider supporting our work by becoming a...

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Debate over Bilingual Education