The 2014-2015 school year has come to a close. What were we up to this time last year? What’s going on now? We’re pretty stoked to share.
|SLE was on two campuses: Brandeis and Brown.||We’re not only going strong at Brandeis and Brown, but we’ve also expanded to Williams, Tufts, Columbia, and Vassar. And further expansion is in the works!|
|We had offered 17 languages, including Cantonese, Bengali, and Tagalog.||Our language list grew to 32. Our new offerings include Vietnamese, Somali and Haitian Creole.|
|A year ago, we were supported 100% by philanthropy.||We’ve secured our first university subscription funders.|
|We were fiscally sponsored by Ashoka.||SLE is now an independent 501c3.|
|This time last summer, we had 20 volunteers and no employees.||Our SLE family has grown to 50+ volunteers, 5 interns, 1 full time employee, and we’re looking to hire!|
|SLE Central was working from Boston coffee shops.||We have a new work home in the prestigious Halcyon Incubator in Washington, D.C.|
Any other exciting updates from the past year?
Yes indeed! SLE…
|worked with professors and graduate students from GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy to build an evaluation strategy.|
|launched a successful crowd funding campaign (THANK YOU WONDERFUL CROWD).|
|rebuilt our trainings and curriculum.|
|assembled an all star board of directors and advisory council.|
|was named a semi-finalist for the Echoing Green Fellowship and the J.M.K. Innovation Prize.|
|was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education (hard copy), The Atlantic, Forbes, U.S.A. Today, and The Huffington Post.|
|was invited to speak at the SEEED Summit, SXSW, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language National Convention Plenary Panel.|
We’re thriving, and we have a rich vision for the future. And for that, we THANK YOU: you are a vital member of the SLE community. Your curiosity, your support, your word-spreading, your world-loving— that’s how we exist, and how we grow. We’re grateful you’re with us.