Author: vbertelli

Partner Language Proficiency as an Indicator of School Performance

On November 16th, 2016 DC Immersion testified on the Every Student Succeeds Act or #ESSA in front of the DC State Board of Education. Our testimony made the argument that the level of proficiency in the partner language should count, together with other standard assessments and indicators, in assessing school performance. Here is our testimony on The Power of Partner Language Proficiency. We were glad to learn that we are not alone in thinking along these lines. Massachusetts just proposed that, in addition to foreign language acquisition rates, the mere availability of a dual language program be used as an...

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Teacher Sourcing for Dual Language Programs

Our panelists presented and discussed with an audience of close to 100 teachers, paraprofessionals, embassies’ cultural attachés, local and federal government officials, deans of local universities, policy experts and school district officials from across the DC region. Teacher Sourcing for Dual Language Programs – Policies supporting innovative pathways to teaching in dual language programs – was presented by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, co-hosted by George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and DC Language Immersion Project, and co-sponsored by DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, and Globalize DC. Michael Chandler, reporter at The Washington Post...

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Working with Georgetown University on Research on Assessment

We are excited to be working with Georgetown University’s Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center AELRC on much needed research on partner language assessments in DC’s dual language programs. “Assessment and evaluation are key elements in a comprehensive approach to education that is accountable to the needs of learners, the values of scholarly disciplines, and the well-being of society. Assessment and evaluation also provide essential mechanisms for understanding, improving, and demonstrating the worth of foreign language education. AELRC aims to provide leadership, scholarship, and outreach in the practices of FL assessment and program evaluation to foreign language teachers, program administrators,...

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California Parents Who Want Dual Language Could Get It

Under Prop58, aka The California Multilingual Education Act, expected to be overwhelmingly approved on November 8, schools are mandated to implement a dual language program if more than 20 parents in any grade or 30 parents across the school request it. The initiative is based on research on the effects of bilingual education on achievement and economic opportunity, and applies to all families regardless of language spoken at home. If you think this is what DC should be striving for, let the Mayor know! Click here to send her an...

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Where is DC on the Dual Language Policy Spectrum?

The Joint National Committee on Languages (JNCL), among other things, analyzes state policies that support dual language immersion. It recently looked at where DC falls on the spectrum of state support for dual language programs and found that, despite evidence-based research findings, no official recognition for dual language immersion programming as a model for achieving biliteracy exists, neither for English Learners nor English Proficient students. JNCL therefore concludes that Washington, DC “lags woefully behind many of the states in terms of policies supporting [dual language immersion]”. JNCL offers suggestions on what could be done to address this situation. Goal/Value...

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Debate over Bilingual Education