Yesterday, the bi-partisan, national effort led by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Commission on Language Learning released its report “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century”.

It recommends a national strategy to “improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every region, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background—that is, to value language education as a persistent national need similar to education in math or English, and to ensure that a useful level of proficiency is within every student’s reach.”

These recommendations are based on hard facts such as:

  • The ability to understand, speak, read, and write in world languages, in addition to English, is critical to success in business, research, and international relations in the twenty-first century.
  • Studying a second language is linked to improved learning outcomes in other subjects, enhanced cognitive ability, and the development of empathy & interpretive skills.
  • We need more people to speak languages other than English in order to provide social and legal services for a changing population right here in the US.

The report highlights disparities in private and public schools across the country which point to language still being a privilege.

The report specifically highlights the benefits and cost-effectiveness of dual language programs in increasing student proficiency.

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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