We help make language immersion available across the DC region by informing education and economic development decision-makers about the value of linguistic and cultural competence for DC and its residents.

Over the last three years, we coordinated over 30 public testimonies, participated in 3 task forces, drafted 7 policy statements and met with countless public officials. As a direct consequence of our policy and advocacy work, five members of the DC Council have since gone on the record with their support for expanding dual language programs.

“Your entire coalition […] has made a huge difference to move us forward in DC.” DC Council Education Committee Chair Councilmember David Grosso

 

Praise from the Committee on Education

Praise from the Committee on Education

DC Immersion was among many respected education advocates to testify during the DC Council's Committee on Education hearing on the 2017-2022 DC Public Schools Strategic Plan. Together with other public witnesses, DC Immersion spoke out in support of DCPS strategic...

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Bilingual education benefits all students

Bilingual education benefits all students

In response to a recent article suggesting that the rising popularity of dual language programs could leave Latinos behind, we feel data, research and a broader perspective are needed. This complex topic cannot be reduced to Latinos versus rest of DC residents, nor...

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Talking points on ESSA

Talking points on ESSA

ESSA provides an opportunity to harness concrete, innovative, research-based initiatives that narrow the achievement gap, support all of DC’s student populations, and allow our children to develop critical 21st century skills and make DC’s workforce competitive. In...

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Teacher Sourcing for Dual Language Programs

Teacher Sourcing for Dual Language Programs

Our panelists presented and discussed with an audience of close to 100 teachers, paraprofessionals, embassies' cultural attachés, local and federal government officials, deans of local universities, policy experts and school district officials from across the DC...

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Where is DC on the Dual Language Policy Spectrum?

Where is DC on the Dual Language Policy Spectrum?

The Joint National Committee on Languages (JNCL), among other things, analyzes state policies that support dual language immersion. It recently looked at where DC falls on the spectrum of state support for dual language programs and found that, despite evidence-based...

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Skylar wants to speak to her friends

Skylar wants to speak to her friends

DC Student's Perspective Skylar, an English native speaker third grader in one of DC's existing dual language immersion programs reminded us that students too must have a voice in this conversation. In an increasingly linguistically diverse city, children want to be...

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FLES v. Dual Language Programs

FLES v. Dual Language Programs

In comparison with FLES programs (Foreign Language in Elementary School), dual language immersion programs are less expensive, more impactful in terms of achievement and results on the District’s future workforce. 1. FLES is part of the answer in the short...

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