Author: vbertelli

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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DC’s First Bilingual Education Fair

Why, How and Where to Raise Bilingual Kids – even if you only speak one language Organized by DC Language Immersion Project with support from French Morning Supported by Rochambeau, The French School of Washington DC, Whole Kids Academy and Qatar Foundation International and co-hosted by DC Public Library and DC State Board of Education Francis Gregory Library, Saturday January 14th, 2017 Get your free ticket and more info on the program here! Why foster bilingualism in children, how to support and encourage bilingualism even when parents are monolinguals, and where to find bilingual programs and resources in DC. Come learn about...

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6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Yes, we all know, but it’s nice to be reminded by the latest NPR Education podcast in the series 5 Million Voices (that is the number of students in the US who are English language learners). Attention, empathy, reading (English), school performance and engagement, diversity and integration, and protection against dementia are all potential brain benefits of bilingual education. But it’s the last sentence of the podcast that really cracks us up. Not to mention one obvious, outstanding fact underlined by many of these researchers: “Bilingual children can speak two languages! That’s amazing,” says Bialystok. Here is the podcast in...

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Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report explores the benefits of dual-language programs in socioeconomically disadvantaged, black neighborhoods. “With bilingualism linked to enhanced academic and social skills, educators say dual-language programs can be used to narrow the achievement gap and equip underserved students for a future in a competitive workforce.” This is a topic that is seldom discussed and that has potentially significant implications in the context of socioeconomic school segregation. The article by Natalie Gross looks at Houston Elementary DCPS, DC’s first dual language program east of the river, and points out that DC is not alone in advocating for dual language programs as a...

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Debate over Bilingual Education