DC’s Bilingual Education Fair

SOURCE: DC Language Immersion Project by dc.gov


Sat, January 14, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
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Francis Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
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Why, How and Where to Raise Bilingual Kids – even if you only speak one language
Organized by DC Language Immersion Project together with French Morning

With support from Rochambeau The French School of Washington DC, Whole Kids Academy and Qatar Foundation International

Why foster bilingualism in children, how to support and encourage bilingualism even when parents are monolinguals, and where to find bilingual programs and resources in DC. Come learn about all of this and more from teachers, exhibitors and fellow parents during DC’s first Bilingual Education Fair.
Co-hosted by DC Public Library and DC State Board of Education
Participate with your child in one of four story times in Hebrew, French, Mandarin and Spanish, and discover why children are such born linguists. Presentations will follow on the cognitive and economic benefits of being bilingual, and on tools and resources to foster bilingualism.
Representatives from DC’s Dual Language programs will be there to showcase their programs and answer your questions. Other exhibitors will include language and culture organizations based in DC, bilingual publishers, app developers, theatre companies, daycare operators, tutors, etc.
Co-sponsored by DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board and National Association for Bilingual Education (Eastern Affiliate)

Other co-sponsors include:
Virginia Alliance for Youth Achievement
Virginia Dual Language Educators Network
My Bilingual Child, Prince George County
Ward 1 Education Collaborative
Ward 2 Education Network
Ward 3 Ed Net
Ward 4 Education Alliance
Ward 5 Council on Education
Capital Hill Public School Parent Organization
Ward 7 Education Council
Ward 8 Education Council (TBC)
Globalize DC
Light refreshments generously offered by the Friends of Francis Gregory Library.

DC Language Immersion Project (DC Immersion) is a not-for-profit whose mission is to improve achievement for DC and its residents by preparing a 21st century ready, linguistically and culturally competent workforce – through the systemic, equitable and socioeconomically integrated implementation of programs such as Dual Language Immersion in the schools of all eights wards of the nation’s capital.
DC Immersion works in three areas:
Research and Advocacy: In collaboration with District agencies, national and local not-for-profits, research institutes and universities, DC Immersion gathers and analyses data with a view to informing the education, economic and workforce development policies of the District.
Knowledge Dissemination: Through the organization of events, DC Immersion raises awareness about general and specific issues related to achievement, 21st century skills and programming. Through the production of reports, factsheets, articles and newsletters, DC Immersion increases access to available expertise and information.
Support Services and Networks: By creating a connective tissue between existing and future programs across traditional and charter sectors, and by providing coordinated access to professional development, teacher sourcing, materials and funding, DC Immersion supports current and prospective administrators and teachers in the planning and implementation of programs.

DC Immersion’s approach is
grounded in data, analysis and best practice
collaborative and cross-sector
District-wide and respectful of individual communities
supporting both existing and new programs
demand-driven, supply enhancing and pragmatic
not-for-profit, independent and big picture – education must be linked to DC’s economy


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