Over the last two and a half years, DC Immersion has been making the case that dual language programs should be better supported and expanded because they are an effective way to increase proficiency across all of our DC student populations. You can read our latest public testimony here – Narrowing the Opportunity Gap Through Dual Language.

Thus, we were over the moon when, during the DC Council Committee on Education’s roundtable on his appointment, Chancellor Antwan Wilson said multiliteracy is a “gap closing strategy” he has every intention of using!

On the data that shows how once English language learners get over the language hurdle, then they excel, DC’s new Chancellor for Education said: “is a data point that is true [nationally], and is one of the reasons […] for really supporting students developing multilingual literacy because it makes a difference for all students – it is a gap closing strategy”.

Chancellor Wilson Multilingualism as gap closing strategy from DC Language Immersion Project on Vimeo.

We look forward to working with Chancellor Wilson on a vision for DC as a bilingual education system!

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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