Author: vbertelli

Growing demand for bilingual employees in the DC Region

A new report by bipartisan research group New American Economy indicates that there is a growing need for bilingual employees in the US workforce. In fact, demand for multilingual employees more than doubled over the last five years. We asked New American Economy to dig into the number for the DC region. Here is their Report on the DC Region! Demand for bilingual jobs in DC grew 148% over the last five years compared to only 98% for overall growth. Jobs requiring some degree of language skill, but not necessarily bilingualism, also grew much more than jobs overall. Spanish is...

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A Vision for DC – Leveraging the District’s Diversity through Bilingual Education

With our partners at the DC Workforce Investment Council we hosted a panel discussion featuring DCPS Chancellor Wilson, Swiss Ambassador to the US Dahinden, New York State Deputy Commissioner Infante, Delaware Department of Education official Fulton-Archer and Ms. Liao from New American Economy to discuss innovative policies and legislation to narrow the achievement gap and prepare DC residents to excel in a global 21st century workplace. Here are some of the presentations: Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunities for English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners by Angelica Infante-Green Not Lost in Translation: The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market...

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Region’s demand for bilingual workers is booming. Should D.C. schools offer more dual-language programs?

By Perry Stein, The Washington Post, May 5, 2017 The Washington Post reported on our policy discussion “A Vision for DC”. “The panel discussion featured D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, school leaders from Delaware and New York, an economics researcher and the Swiss ambassador to the United States, who highlighted the advantages of bilingualism in Switzerland. Hsi-Ling Liao presented her research from the New American Economy showing a 148 percent jump in bilingual job postings in the Washington region since 2010 and a 131 percent bump in job postings calling for at least some second-language skills. The majority of...

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Our Neighborhood School Didn’t Have a Dual-Language Immersion Program So We Started One

By Jimell Sanders, Education Post, April 10, 2017 “It was clear our home address was determining what opportunities were available to us, and, sadly, they were very few. We didn’t have the expertise to open a charter school and couldn’t wait on a charter school operator to decide on opening a new school near or in our neighborhood. We knew our best option was to approach the principal at our own neighborhood school and propose the idea of starting a dual-language immersion program. We were among the lucky ones. Our principal is a visionary who wants children to have...

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How will you Lead with Languages?

“Our national security, economic competitiveness and fabric as a united people demand that we increase our nation’s language skills and global competence.” This is the introduction to the national call to action of the Lead With Languages campaign. We are very proud to be featured in the campaign’s video. Watch it here! Lead With Languages is a coalition of language advocates that The new website leadwithlanguages.org features plenty of resources relating the many languages, and includes useful advocacy...

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Debate over Bilingual Education