Through our community forums, publications, and the Bilingual Education Fair of DC, we inform and demonstrate the value of multilingual programs to families and communities across the District and beyond, and we empower them to advocate for these programs in their neighborhoods.
Over the last 3 years, we have held 17 multilingual educational events across all 8 wards of the city attended by thousands of community members. As a result, one community was successful in getting a dual language program started (the first East of the River!) and 12 other communities are at different stages of advocating for dual language programs at their schools. The cumulative impact of better informed residents resulted in DC Public Schools including the expansion of multilingual programs in their strategic plan for the next five years.
“The information was always there, but my community and I did not have access to it, also due to a linguistic barrier. DC Immersion changed that.” Fernanda Galindo Macias, parent of a 2 year old emerging bilingual
Over 300 participants from all 8 wards of the District of Columbia and from all neighboring cities and counties of Maryland and Virginia attended the 2018 Bilingual Education Fair of DC on January 20th, 2018 to learn about why, how and where to raise multilingual kids...read more
Guest post by Fabrice Jaumont Back from DC where I proudly supported the efforts of DC Immersion and its wonderful team in what is now referred to as the Bilingual Revolution in DC. During these three days, I took part in no less than 9 events and talked about my...read more
So you’ve won the lottery and your child is about to begin the adventure of a lifetime - learning in two languages. You are excited but also anxious about how to help your child when you do not speak or understand one of those languages. Though you are not with your...read more
On Saturday June 4th 2016, DC Immersion held its first community forum aimed at the Latino population of Ward 1, presented by National Foreign Language Center of University of Maryland and co-hosted by the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs and the State Board of...read more
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. Io said it best...read more