Author: vbertelli

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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2016 Annual Report

Looking back at 2016, we cannot help being incredibly proud of what DC Immersion achieved. With the help of countless, passionate volunteers and strong partner organizations, we educated many more DC residents on the benefits and challenges of bilingual education, partnered with local Universities to conduct much needed research, educated our decision makers on the policy aspects of bilingual education systems and globally desirable workforce, created a larger and stronger network of professionals of dual language education and supported their programs, and were instrumental in the opening of the first language immersion program east of the river. Oh, and...

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It’s a Gap-Closing Strategy!

Over the last two and a half years, DC Immersion has been making the case that dual language programs should be better supported and expanded because they are an effective way to increase proficiency across all of our DC student populations. You can read our latest public testimony here – Narrowing the Opportunity Gap Through Dual Language. Thus, we were over the moon when, during the DC Council Committee on Education’s roundtable on his appointment, Chancellor Antwan Wilson said multiliteracy is a “gap closing strategy” he has every intention of using! On the data that shows how once English language...

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Debate over Bilingual Education