Teachers and administrators from 9 DC region school districts enthusiastically took part in our professional development session on “The State and Value of Dual Language Programs in the DC Region” on January 20th 2018.

Attendees were an interesting mix of educators in dual language programs, world language teachers, ESOL teachers, principals planning next year’s implementation of their dual language program and school officials looking at how their counties could start offering dual language programs. They work on or in programs in Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and French.

The group of 36 learned about the programs that exist in the region and the populations these programs serve, issues of racial and socioeconomic equity as they relate to demand and access to these programs. How to make families into their strongest advocates and how to bring awareness about the impact and need for these programs to central offices and state legislators were opportunities to showcase the work of DC Immersion and to learn from our friend Dr. William Rivers of JNCL NCLS, the national leader on language policy.

We look forward to supporting each of these school districts on the path to expanding access to dual language programs.

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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