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DC Immersion Turns 5!

“Since 2014, we have been hard at work to allow all DC children to communicate with more friends, to make the world a smaller place, while increasing equitable access to opportunity. Thank you to all of our partners, volunteers and donors – you make this work possible!”
Jimell Sanders

Board Chair and Co-Founder, DC Language Immersion Project

Some of our accomplishments of the past 5 years:

  • Created the Multilingual Education Fair of DC, an aggregator of multilingual schools, products, and services connecting over 1500 educators, employers and families from the DC region yearly
  • Engaged low-income communities to empower them to advocate for multilingual education – 17 Community Forums, 15,000 Residents, 40 Public Testimonies
  • Partnered with DC Public Schools and DC public charter schools, and their communities, to systemically support the creation and replication of dual language programs
  • Delivered professional development to educators from 9 DC area school districts who rate us as excellent. Our free online educational resources have been viewed by 90,000 visitors around the globe
  • Were instrumental in the opening of the first two dual language programs east of the river – 700+ dual language seats in low-income, African American neighborhoods
  • Researched with universities and think tanks the need, demand, and state of dual language programs and published the seminal report “Demographics and Equity in Dual Language Programs in Washington, DC”
  • Led the effort to create and fund the new Office of Multilingual Education tasked with formulating a vision for multilingual education for all students, and to fund a $200k Language Roadmap for DC
  • Been invited to present at major educational conferences, sat on 3 taskforces, and consulted for other states, including Rhode Island and California
  • Been quoted in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, American Educator, El Tiempo Latino, French Morning, US News and World Reports, The Hechinger Report, and Univision Noticias, among others

x4 by 2030

Your support is key to quadrupling the number of seats in quality dual language immersion programs by 2030 with a focus on low-income and at-risk communities.
“One of the things that I’ve been truly excited about to see in my two and a half years on the Council, is really the work of Vanessa and the Language Immersion Project starting to come to life at a pace that I don’t think that many of us would have imagined just five years ago.”
Robert C. White, Jr.

At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia

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