Author: vbertelli

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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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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Debate over Bilingual Education