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The America's Languages Portal is a searchable data set of model programs and practices that increase equitable access to language learning.  Its purpose is to encourage greater access to language education across the United States, in preK-16 education and beyond.  including Native American and heritage languages.  

As a fully automated and expanding catalogue of model programs and practices, its ultimate purpose is to encourage and effect similar efforts aacross preK-16 education and Native American and heritage languages. These programs and practices provide optimisim that we can extend the benefits of bilingualism and language learning to all of America's learners through smart, evidence-based investment. 

Who we are
We are the America's Languages Working Group, a volunteer cadre of leaders from PreK-16 education, Native American and immigrant communities, government, business and non-governmental organizations. We coordinate the "America's Languages Initiative," which includes this America's Languages Portal.

What we do
We show how equitable access can be made available to historically underserved bilingual and economically disadvantaged monolingual populations in many more languages, and at all levels of education, in large and small institutions, in community-based schools, in rich and poor communities.

Why we do this
All learners in the United States have the right to instruction in languages they want to learn and in a way that actually meets their needs and aspirations. The concrete, on-the-ground evidence presented here shows how more diversity and inclusion can be achieved and, as a result, how we can dramatically improve language enrollments in the U.S.

Programs we showcase
The model programs demonstrate proven practices that teach more of America's languages to more of America's learners. They also show accountability through their publicaly announced mission and goals, as well as documentations of the student success.

Application and Selection
Programs complete this application providing information about their institution, program and model practices that meet the overarching goals of access and equity. Teams of Fellows with appropriate expertise review and support applications on a continuing basis and make the final selection of programs to appear in the portal.

Our goal
We seek improved access to language education in support of a more socially just system of schools, colleges and universities in the United States.  We provide evidence that the benefits of bilingualism adn language learning can be extended to all America's learners and languages, thus changing the way language education is perceived and implemented in the United States.