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 research findings, no official recognition for dual language immersion programming as a model for achieving biliteracy exists, neither for English Learners nor English Proficient students. JNCL therefore concludes that Washington, DC “lags woefully behind many of the states in terms of policies supporting [dual language immersion]”.

JNCL offers suggestions on what could be done to address this situation.

  1. Goal/Value Statement by the Deputy Mayor for Education in support of DLI programming as a model for achieving biliteracy for all.
  2. Legislation by DC Council on DLI as a requirement when certain language and/or economic conditions are present.
  3. Advisory Council composed of main stakeholders (education, workforce, economic development, community) to lead roadmap resulting in set of policies.

We look forward to Washington DC, the nation’s capital and global city, catching up with and overtaking other states.


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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