A Vision for DC - Leveraging the District's Diversity through Bilingual Education
Innovative policies and legislation to narrow the achievement gap and prepare a desirable 21st century-ready workforce
Presented by (TBC)
Supported by Lead with Languages
, DC Public Schools (TBC), DC Public Charter School Board (TBC), Globalize DC (TBC), National Association of Bilingual Education (TBC) and Workforce Investment Council (TBC)
Come discuss, in the company of local and national experts, what DC would have to gain or loose by having a multilingual workforce, and how it could achieve that within one generation.
Together with New York and Florida, DC is the State with the highest density of English language learners on the East coast. DC’s population and customer base is changing. How can the District take stock of this demographic shift and leverage the opportunities it presents? How can our decision makers seize the opportunities presented by foreign tourism, foreign direct investment and the markets beyond our borders? How can education policies and economic development initiatives benefit DC's residents more equitably?
Remarks by DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson
Introduction by Councilmember Elissa Silverman, Committee on Labor and Workforce Development Chair
His Excellency Martin Dahinden Ambassador of Switzerland to the US Multiliteracy and its benefits for the Swiss society and economy
Lynn Fulton Archer, Education Specialist World Language Immersion, Delaware Department of Education A deliberate global economic orientation through the Governor's World Languages Initiative
Angelica Infante-Green, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Education Civil rights legislation and expansion of dual language programs to support English learners and nurture immigrant families
Hsi-Ling Liao, Research Associate, New American Economy, Not Lost In Translation - The Growing Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the U.S. Job Market
Q&A moderated by Kavitha Cardoza Education Week/PBS NewsHour Correpsondent
Refreshments generously provided by (TBC)