Author: vbertelli

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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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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