We Research Best Practices

In collaboration with local universities and think tanks, we research the need for linguistic and cultural skills in the DC region, the demand for dual language programs by parents, the state of the existing programs, and the effect of dual language programs on achievement and equity.

Our research work sparks local universities’ and think tanks’ interest, and brings much needed resources to better understanding the education and workforce development landscape in the DC region.

OUTCOMES 

8 research papers, including

  • demographics and equity of dual language
  • demand for multilingual education
  • cost of dual language
  • national best practices on expanding teacher pipelines
  • demand for bilinguals in the workforce
  • opportunity cost of having a monolingual workforce

“Columbia Heights Educational Campus […] fully supports the important research your organization is undertaking.  It is much needed.”

Maria Tukeva

Principal, Columbia Heights Educational Campus

Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, DC

Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, DC

An analysis of the demographics of kindergarteners in DC public dual language immersion (DLI) schools as compared with non-DLI schools, to move beyond anecdotal evidence, and inform the debate on equity of access to and enrollment in DLI programs. The report highlights areas of concern, and identifies policies and further research needed to allow the District’s most vulnerable students equitable access to these opportunity-boosting programs.

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Researching Best Practices on Expanding Teacher Pipelines

Researching Best Practices on Expanding Teacher Pipelines

PRESS RELEASE - Washington DC October 10, 2018 Partnership Between Qatar Foundation International and DC Language Immersion Project on Best Practices to Expand Multilingual Education Teacher Pipelines    To tackle one of the biggest hurdles to the expansion of...

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Languages as privilege

Languages as privilege

Languages equal privilege. Languages are taught in private schools much more than in public schools. Wealthy Americans send their kids to Mandarin dual language schools in droves. Wealthier kids have Spanish speaking nannies, private language tutors, will go travel...

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Achievement in DC’s dual language programs

Achievement in DC’s dual language programs

Over the last three years, DC Immersion has been working to gather data to study the impact of DC's dual language programs on achievement. Preliminary data obtained from the DC Office of the State Superintendent on Education (OSSE) shows students in dual language...

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Bilingual Daycares in DC

Bilingual Daycares in DC

We're with you. Your young child's brain should get on with one of the things it does best at this age - acquire languages! To help you out, we compiled this listing of center based daycares (D) and home and family daycares (HD) with immersion or bilingual programs....

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Growing demand for bilingual employees in the DC Region

Growing demand for bilingual employees in the DC Region

A new report by bipartisan research group New American Economy indicates that there is a growing need for bilingual employees in the US workforce. In fact, demand for multilingual employees more than doubled over the last five years. We asked New American Economy to...

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Language Summer Camps 2017

Language Summer Camps 2017

We compiled this list of language summer camps for your young linguists. If you find it helpful, please remember to support our work! If you have any to add, please add them in the comments to this page and we'll get right to it. F is for French, M for Mandarin, S for...

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2016 State of Dual Language in DC

2016 State of Dual Language in DC

This infographic looks at the state of dual language education in DC. There are currently 14 elementary school dual language programs, 4 middle and 3 high school programs, for a total of 21 programs. Eight of these are Public Charter Schools, while 13 are DC public...

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Better understanding the demand for dual language programs

Better understanding the demand for dual language programs

To better understand the demand for dual language programs in the District, in partnership with the National Foreign Language Center of the University of Maryland, and with the support of a majority of the existing dual language programs in DC across both sectors, DC...

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