We live in the capital of the United States of America, surrounded by embassies, cultural institutes, international organizations, federal agencies and local companies which need to hire people who speak other languages. We have a growing international population which would not only make dual language programs stronger but which might also provide many of the mother-tongue teachers needed. We also happen to have some of the best dual language programs in the nation who are willing to share their know-how and replicate their models.
DC is in a prime spot to leverage public private partnerships to increase its workforce competitiveness. Should it have something akin to industrial policy in education? We think it should, and together with American Councils for International Education are working on a DC Roadmap to Global Excellence. Click to learn more.