Author: vbertelli

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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Economic and Workforce Development Impacts of Expanding Language Immersion in DC

Thank you to our panelists and moderator for the excellent discussion on Economic and Workforce Development Impacts of Expanding Language Immersion in DC.  Below are Storify (thank you, W2EN!), audio recording (thank you, @maustermuhle!) and some of the slides. Here are two of the presentations: Fulton-Archer – From Vision to Implementation: Cross-Departmental Coordination for Immersion Program Success Mary Levy – Operating budget analysis of DC language immersion schools Sincere thanks to Goethe Institute for hosting...

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You are invited! February 24th at 6:30, Goethe-Institut Gallery

Come join our second panel discussion to explore how language immersion programming impacts the desirability of DC’s future workforce, tourism impact and foreign direct investment climate. How can city agencies implement a long-term strategic plan? This discussion is not only meant to highlight the overall value of language immersion but also is designed to be a forum that will engage all stakeholders in a way that will move toward collaborative strategic planning to expand language immersion offerings in public schools in the District of...

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Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Benefits and Challenges

Our panel discussion on Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Benefits and Challenges was a very successful inaugural event for the DC Language Immersion Project. Here is the permanent youtube link to the recording of the panel. Here is the storify. [View the story “Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools, Thursday Dec 4th, 2014 Great Hall of MLK Library” on Storify] Several people asked for the slides/docs of the panelists’ engaging presentations – here they are! Marty Abbott – Language Immersion on Urban Public Schools: Benefits and Challenges Gina Bowler and Delores Millhouse – Parents are Powerful Advocates Maquita...

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Debate over Bilingual Education