Narrow the Achievement Gap 

Languages, and in particular dual language programs, increase achievement on standardized tests and are shown to narrow the achievement gap not only for English learners but for all students.

Given the District’s widening achievement gap and the fact that only 20% of District English learners are in dual language programs, it is high time to use dual language education to address the achievement gap.

FACTS 

Students in dual language programs: 

  • achieve significantly higher test scores regardless of race, socioeconomic status, special needs and language spoken at home
Language Summer Camps 2020

Language Summer Camps 2020

We compiled this list of language summer camps for young linguists: F is for French, M for Mandarin, S for Spanish, I for Italian, G for German, A is for Arabic and J is for Japanese. Each camp features a significant element of foreign language and/or culture, and is...

DC Immersion Turns 5!

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...

Dual Language Open Houses

Dual Language Open Houses

Want to learn more about dual language immersion programs in DC? Attend one of the many upcoming open houses to find out how they work, who they serve and how each one of them uses innovative practices to boost achievement and prepare DC kids for a global future....

Online Shop Now Open!

Online Shop Now Open!

Our online shop has released in time for the holiday season! Support equitable access to multilingual education in DC while getting gifts for students, colleagues, teachers, family, friends, and yourself! Sizes available range from Youth XS to Adult XXL. All Proceeds...

DC Immersion at ACTFL 2019

DC Immersion at ACTFL 2019

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) hosted their 2019 annual convention and world languages expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Pre-convention workshops began Thursday, November 21, and the schedule programs ran through...

Brainstorming Equity of Access to Dual Language

Brainstorming Equity of Access to Dual Language

On November 23, 2019, in collaboration with our partners at University of Maryland's National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), DC Immersion presented on the recently published report, Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, D.C. at...

La Suissesse qui veut rendre Washington bilingue

La Suissesse qui veut rendre Washington bilingue

Our executive director was the guest of the 12th episode of the Révolution Bilingue podcast by Fabrice Jaumont. Enjoy!   Passage par Washington pour ce douzième épisode de Révolution bilingue en partant à la rencontre de Vanessa Bertelli. Cette suissesse...

Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, DC

Demographics and Equity of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Washington, DC

An analysis of the demographics of kindergarteners in DC public dual language immersion (DLI) schools as compared with non-DLI schools, to move beyond anecdotal evidence, and inform the debate on equity of access to and enrollment in DLI programs. The report highlights areas of concern, and identifies policies and further research needed to allow the District’s most vulnerable students equitable access to these opportunity-boosting programs.

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