Author: vbertelli

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

By Natalie Gross, The Hechinger Report, November 22, 2016 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...

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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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Debate over Bilingual Education