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 region.

Teacher Sourcing for Dual Language Programs – Policies supporting innovative pathways to teaching in dual language programs – was presented by American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, co-hosted by George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development and DC Language Immersion Project, and co-sponsored by DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, and Globalize DC. Michael Chandler, reporter at The Washington Post moderated the Q&A.

Below are the presentations by some of our panelists on innovative policies to increase pathways to teaching in dual language programs.

Keynote speaker Gregg Roberts, World Language Specialist and Dual Language Immersion Specialist, Utah State Board of Education Pathways to teaching in dual language programs – creative strategies to build and support bilingual education systems (presentation given in his absence by Marty Abbott)



Lisa Tabaku, Principal Researcher, Center for English language Learners, American Institute for Research Current state policies and practices that support recruitment for dual language programs




Marty Abbott, Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages



Ramiro Acosta, PK Spanish Dual Language Teacher, Bruce Monroe Elementary DCPS My journey from instructional aide to dual language teacher – how we can improve the process

Refreshments generously provided by GW Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this event possible.

Dear Families, educators, and partners,

In 2020 we announced that the DC Language Immersion Project would close its doors due to lack of resources. However, before completely dissolving the organization, we recently asked a group of local and national educators if they - individually or collectively - would be interested in continuing the work of advocating for multilingual education in the District of Columbia. We are pleased to announce that a few individuals responded yes and volunteered to forge a plan to continue this vital work.

So, we are not closing our doors but we are entering a six-to-twelve-month period of dormancy as we determine the best path forward for the DC Immersion Project.  Thank you for your continued support and please stay tuned for updates.

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