We Engage Communities

Our communities guide us in everything we do. Based on their needs, we identify credible messengers and engage key-stakeholders to empower communities to coalesce around multilingual programs.

We strategically chose to concentrate our initial engagement effort in underserved communities east of the river. As a direct consequence, 2 dual language schools now exist where there were none.

Dual language programs looking to increase their at-risk population see us as a valuable community engagement partner and we work with other community engagement partners such as MySchoolDC and PAVE to address inequities in access to information.

 

OUTCOMES

  • 17 low-income communities engaged
  • over 60,000 followers informed through our website, newsletter and social media
  • our engagement materials downloaded across the world

The information was always there, but my community and I did not have access to it. DC Immersion changed that.

Fernanda Galindo Macias

Parent of a 2-year-old emerging bilingual

Un Tiempo Lleno de Memorias Dejadas Atrás

Un Tiempo Lleno de Memorias Dejadas Atrás

By Silvano Delgado, DC Immersion's Multilingual Ambassador (English version further below) El mes de la herencia hispana me hace preguntarme de qué manera mucho de los jóvenes hispanos conocieron el significado de ser Hispano/a. En mi experiencia personal viviendo en...

2019 Multilingual Education Awards

2019 Multilingual Education Awards

Over 100 multilingual education experts, practitioners, and supporters from all over the District gathered once again on July 9, 2019 for DC Immersion’s second annual Multilingual Education Awards, generously sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and...

How to testify in front of the DC Council

How to testify in front of the DC Council

Providing public testimony at a DC Council hearing is one of the most effective ways of communicating with the legislators of the District of Columbia. You can testify in your personal capacity or on behalf of a community or organization you represent. Whether you are...

The 2019 Multilingual Education Fair of DC

The 2019 Multilingual Education Fair of DC

On Saturday, January 26th, nearly 1,000 families, educators, employers, and community members from 3 countries, 11 states, and all 8 wards of the District of Columbia attended the 3rd edition of the Multilingual Education Fair of DC to discover local resources for...

Over 1200 Registered to attend Multilingual Fair

Over 1200 Registered to attend Multilingual Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 25, 2019 Washington, DC – DC Language Immersion Project will host the third edition of this free event this Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10am to 2pm. Over 1200 pre-registered. Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano said "We...

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month: ¿Quién soy entonces?

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month: ¿Quién soy entonces?

By Johanna Barrantes, DC Immersion's Engagement Strategist When I think of things that give me comfort, when I am able to collect episodes of my life to feel connected to myself and to the world, I can’t help but think back to the moments I spend with a close friend...

Why Language Matters to D.C. United

Why Language Matters to D.C. United

Here at DC Immersion we spend a significant amount of our time engaging families and communities about the importance of a multilingual education for all District residents. Guess how excited we were to hear members of the D.C. United team making that argument for us?...

Beyond a Bridge to Understanding

Beyond a Bridge to Understanding

By Martha G Abbott, AFT American Educator, Vol. 42, NO. 2, Summer 2018 Read more here. "Even before having children, Jimell Sanders was intent on ensuring that her local school would be able to offer the opportunity of early second language learning. A health systems...

A thank you from John B. King Jr.

A thank you from John B. King Jr.

We asked former US Secretary of Education and current President and CEO of The Education Trust John B. King Jr. to welcome educators and families to the 2018 Bilingual Education Fair of DC. We got a passionate and encouraging speech filled with gratitude for the work...

3 days, 8 wards, 100 advocates and a U-Turn?

3 days, 8 wards, 100 advocates and a U-Turn?

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...

Prochaine destination de la “révolution bilingue” ? Washington DC

Prochaine destination de la “révolution bilingue” ? Washington DC

By Rémi Gaggioli, French Morning, October 17th 2017 Let's hear it in French now! « Nous voulons donner aux parents des outils pour qu’ils obtiennent de la municipalité qu’une éducation bilingue soit disponible dans leur communauté », explique Vanessa Bertelli,...

Bilingual Revolution in DC

Bilingual Revolution in DC

Looking for information you can use to make bilingual education happen in your community? Join fellow parents in your community at a venue near you over the weekend of October 20th-22nd! In response to the skyrocketing and unmet demand for dual language programs in...

Monolingual parents of kids in dual language – you’ve got this!

Monolingual parents of kids in dual language – you’ve got this!

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...

DC’s First Bilingual Education Fair

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...

El valor económico y social de una educación bilingüe

El valor económico y social de una educación bilingüe

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...

El valor económico y social — 4 de junio de 2016

El valor económico y social — 4 de junio de 2016

Matricúlese en Español aquí bilingue.eventbrite.com ¿Cómo funcionan los programas bilingües y cómo afectan el progreso académico tanto para hablantes nativos como para los que no son nativos? ¿Cuál es el valor de la competencia lingüística y cultural para la nueva...

Languages as a Pathway to Opportunity

Languages as a Pathway to Opportunity

On Saturday, February 20, 2016 DC Language Immersion Project, DC Public Library and DC State Board of Education hosted Languages as a Pathway to Opportunity sponsored by Alliance Française DC and Quebec Bureau. The forum explored the value of language in a global...

First Dual Language Program East of the River

First Dual Language Program East of the River

Lots of lucky dads and moms in the boundary of Houston Elementary, the District’s 14th elementary dual language program, and the first East of the River. Here's to many more! We are proud to have contributed to this happening and look forward to continuing to work...

Myths and Realities on Immersion’s Impact on Achievement

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. Io said it best...

Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Benefits and Challenges

Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools: Benefits and Challenges

This panel discussion is intended to inform parents, educators, administrators, and community from all eight wards on the benefits and challenges of implementing Language Immersion programs in our public elementary schools. The hope is that a coalition of stakeholders...