Author: vbertelli

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

The DC Workforce Investment Council and DC Language Immersion Project will host a panel discussion on Thursday, May 4 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Please join DCPS Chancellor Wilson and other local and national experts for an in-depth discussion of innovative policies and legislation to narrow the achievement gap and prepare DC residents to excel in a global 21st century workplace. How can education policies and economic development initiatives benefit DC’s residents more equitably? How can our decision-makers do so while increasing tourism, foreign direct investment and access to markets beyond our borders? The District’s population and customer base is changing. Together with New...

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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. Check out their “Choose your Language” section to learn about language-specific career opportunities, scholarships and grants.  They even have a page on American Sign Language! Supply chain managers, senior correspondents, analysts, doctors and brand managers share how languages have boosted their careers in these to-the-point videos. DC Immersion is featured too! Watch our co-founder Jimell Sanders lay it out here. Enjoy...

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Invest In Languages Week

The demand for K-12 language immersion in DC still dramatically outweighs the available slots at immersion schools. This means every year hundreds of DC students are prevented from attending language programs because there are not enough seats. This lack of seats leads to deep divisions among immersion students, with access often based on where you live or your family’s income level. That’s why we need you to get involved and donate during this, our first ever giving week. We’re calling it “Invest in Languages Week” and it’s your chance to help us grow the movement and advocate for foreign...

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Invest in Languages Week 2017

By supporting DC Immersion, you are allowing the unifying force for bilingual education across all sectors of public education in DC to put more resources at the fingertips of more people, and build the movement that will ensure all DC kids can learn 21st century skills to engage with the world. $25  will get your name among our yearly supporters at the “bilingual” level. $50 will get your name among our yearly supporters at the “trilingual” level, and  our unmistakable “cure monolingualism” water bottle. $100 will get your name among our yearly supporters at the “polyglot” level, and an official DC Language Immersion...

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Talking points on ESSA

ESSA provides an opportunity to harness concrete, innovative, research-based initiatives that narrow the achievement gap, support all of DC’s student populations, and allow our children to develop critical 21st century skills and make DC’s workforce competitive. In this perspective, the current draft misses out on this opportunity by not specifically mentioning support for dual language education in the District in all the ways ESSA allows for this. Seizing the opportunity to support the planning and implementation of dual language programs, through the use of Title I federal funding for example, would allow for these necessary, achievement-boosting programs to be...

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Debate over Bilingual Education