Increase Diversity and Integration

Dual language programs are a powerful tool to increase racial and socioeconomic diversity in schools. This is critical in and of itself because all students do better when student and teacher body is diverse. For example, by implementing a dual language program at Houston Elementary DCPS in the Deanwood community, families who previously would not have considered the school are now lining up to enroll their kids due to the high demand and low supply for dual language programs. The net effect is that the socioeconomic diversity that exists in most of our neighborhoods gets translated to our neighborhood public school.

However, the most important integration effect of bilingual education happens outside of schools and goes beyond achievement.

A correctly implemented dual language program puts two languages and cultures on the same level. There is not one form of government, one way of celebrating family, one term to define love. There are multiple options, there are multiple ways of behaving, there are multiple places where life can be imagined. It give us perspective and makes us into more tolerant and empathetic adults. In best case scenarios it also leads to families of different socioeconomic and racial groups working together to support their children on an equal footing.

Increasing linguistic and cultural competence in all ages of learning allows District residents to feel empowered not threatened by diversity. In an environment where different factions of the District often see each other with suspicion, increased understanding of the cultural and linguistic differences and similarities, is a powerful way to strengthen community throughout the District.

 

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

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

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

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

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.

Un Tiempo Lleno de Memorias Dejadas Atrás

By Heriberto Silvano Delgado, DC Immersion's Multilingual Ambassador (English version further below) El mes de la herencia hispana me hace preguntarme de qué manera mucho de los jóvenes hispanos conocieron el significado de ser Hispano/a. En mi experiencia personal...

Our Goals (x4 by 2030)

DC Immersion is working to quadruple the number of seats in quality dual language programs by 2030 with a focus on low-income and at-risk communities. By 2023, our goal is: The District will have legislation mirroring California and New York giving families a right to...

Meet our Multilingual Ambassadors

In August 2019, eight seniors from the International Academy of Roosevelt High School DCPS joined DC Immersion for a 6 months internship. As part of the Multilingual Ambassadors program, the students will learn outreach strategies to inform DC's diverse communities...

Where do I start?

I created these resources to make it easier for people of color to access cost-effective experiences with highly beneficial return on investment. Guest post by Byron L. Williams, International Affairs Professional English as my mother tongue.  Spanish when I was in my...

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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