Author: vbertelli

Stories from the Nation’s Capital

By Amaya Garcia and Conor P. Williams, New America Education, October 2015 “On a muggy evening in early June a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, a group of parents and community advocates is gathered in the gym of a local school to learn about the educational benefits of bilingualism. They sit in awe as a bilingual fourth-grade student, enrolled in one of the city’s dual immersion programs, speaks (first in Spanish and then English) about why learning a second language is so useful: Primero, aprendiendo un segundo idioma puede ayudarte tener conversaciones con personas que no hablan su idioma...

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Language immersion schools flourish in D.C.

By Moriah Costa, June 12, 2015 “The D.C. Language Immersion Project, a language education advocacy group,  is the biggest force behind expanding programs in the District. The group often hosts educational meetings on the benefits of language programs.” Read full article...

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Myths and Realities on Immersion’s Impact on Achievement

Thank you to all the teachers, parents and community who came to our community engagement forum in Ward 6 to explore Myths and Realities on Immersion’s Impact on Achievement with Dr. Robert Slater, Co-Principal investigator of the Portland Study. Here is the Storify. [View the story “Ward 6 Speaks – A discussion on language immersion” on Storify]  ...

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Education in multiple languages gives kids a big boost, which means high demand for DC’s programs

David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington, June 10, 2015 We contributed to this blog post on Greater Greater Washington which focusses on the demand for dual language programs in DC thank to the data analysis by District Measured. “However, according to Vanessa Bertelli of the DC Language Immersion Project, a group advocating for more language immersion education in DC, the latest research shows that immersion helps all students, native and non-native English speaking alike.” Read the full article...

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New Advocacy Group Pushes for Multilingualism in D.C. Schools

By Conor Williams, New America Ed, February 27, 2015 D.C.’s dynamism as a local community was on full display earlier this week at a panel event hosted by the DC Language Immersion Project. The discussion, titled “Economic and Workforce Development Impacts of Language Immersion,” was the second in a series of local events designed to build a groundswell of support for multilingualism in D.C.’s public schools. National leaders, like Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) Libia Gil, joined state leaders, like Lynn Fulton-Archer, one of the specialists coordinating Delaware’s statewide World Language...

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Debate over Bilingual Education