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2014 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools: Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

A networking conference for program administrators, teachers, parents, and researchers involved in community-based language programs and bilingual schools


Pre-Conference Event: Friday, September 26, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 PM | Mary Graydon Center Rooms 2-5

The State of Bilingual Education in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area: Challenges, Successes, and Future Directions

Panel Discussion and Networking Opportunity 

The panel discussion will feature researchers and practitioners in the field of bilingual, dual language and heritage education. Topics addressed by the panel will include an overview of bilingual education and heritage language education in the United States in K-12, community and post-secondary contexts; how recognizing the value of the partner (non-English) language in dual language programs strengthens learning for all students' program model non-negotiables and the complexities of designing a dual language program; the importance of maintaining fidelity to program implementation and avoiding stumbling blocks in implementation; and success and challenges in a 50/50 two-way immersion program. 

The State of Bilingual Education / Heritage Language Education in the United States | Presentation Slides (PDF)
Sarah Shin, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Reframing the Conversation about Language in Public Schools | Presentation Slides (PDF)
Katarina Brito, D.C. Public Schools

Dual Language Program Models: National Trends in Program Design | Presentation Slides (PDF)
Julie Sugarman, Center for Applied Linguistics

Building the Dual Bilingual Program We Intended | Presentation Slides (PDF)
Barbara Acosta, Alexandria City Public Schools

Key School ~ Escuela Key: 29 Years of Two-Way Spanish Immersion | Presentation Slides
Marjorie Myers, Arlington Public Schools

Moderator: Julie Sugarman

Light refreshments will be served.

Conference Program: Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Reception and Networking 5:00 - 6:30 pm | Mary Graydon Center Rooms 2-5

8:15 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast and registration

9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome From the Conference Organizers 

Ana Lucia Lico, Joy Kreeft Peyton, Amelia Tseng, and Polina Vinogradova

9:15 - 10:15 am

Keynote Address

Linguistic Landscapes and Their Power in Heritage Language Education – Terrence G. Wiley, President, Center for Applied Linguistics

Panel Presentations and Discussion: Program Challenges and Promising Practices

10:15 - 11:15 am

Panel Presentation: Engaging Partners
Moderator: Marta McCabe, University of North Caroline Chapel Hill

  • Parents in heritage language schools: Benefits of participation and roles they can play - Claire Chik, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Building dynamic collaborations among heritage language program staff and parents – Ana Lucia Lico, Brazilian Community Association | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Helping students maintain their language, culture, and country connections - Patricia Sanguinetti, Escuela Argentina | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Connecting heritage language programs with public schools – Tommy Lu, Chinese Language Program of Delaware, and Na Liu, Center for Applied Linguistics | Presentation Slides (PDF)

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Discussion with Coffee Break 

Participants ask questions of and discuss issues with presenters. Complimentary coffee and hot tea will be served.

12:15 - 1:15 pm

Panel Presentation: Building Strong, Sustainable Programs
Moderator: Na Liu, Center for Applied Linguistics

  • Challenges and successes in development of standards, curriculum, and assessments – Benoit Le Devedec, French Heritage Language Program | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Documenting program participation and outcomes – Renate Ludanyi, German School of Connecticut: German Language School Conference
  • Funding heritage language programs – Panel- Jane Ross, French Heritage Language Program | Presentation Slides (PDF); Stephanie Fillman, Prospera Hispanic Leadership Program ; Na Liu, Center for Applied Linguistics (Chinese Heritage Language Programs) | Presentation Slides (PDF)

1:15 - 2:30 pm

Discussion with Lunch

Participants pick up lunch and then ask questions of and discuss issues with presenters.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Panel Presentation: Motivating and Empowering Students
Moderator: Polina Vinogradova, American University

  • Using digital stories and multiliteracies with heritage language speakers – Polina Vinogradova, TESOL Program, American University | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Providing opportunities for youth to show leadership and academic excellence – Stephanie Fillman, Prospera Hispanic Leadership Program | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Building leaders in the community – Daniel Sarmiento, Executive Director, Escuela Bolivia/EduFuturo, Emerging Leaders Program | Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Lessons learned from STARTALK: Building learner communities and collaborations between communities and universities – Catherine Ingold, National Foreign Language Center | Presentation Slides (PDF)

3:30 - 4:30 pm

Discussion with Coffee Break

Participants ask questions of and discuss issues with presenters. Complimentary coffee and hot tea will be available.

4:30 - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks 

Recap of key learnings and next steps

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Reception and Networking

Organized by AU Bilingual Program and AU TESOL Program

Co-sponsored by The Center for Applied Linguistics
Center for Applied Linguistics

TESOL Program

Conference Resources

Challenges and Needs of Community-based Heritage Language Programs and How They Are Addressed Na Liu, Anne Musica, Silvia Koscak, Polina Vinogradova, and Jacqueline López, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Washington, DC, February 2011

An Empirical Analysis of 'Acting White' Roland G. Gryer, Jr. with Paul Torelli, Harvard University and NBER October, 7 2006

Learning to Sprechen Sie Deutsch and More: The German Schools of Connecticut Polly Tafrate,, Spring 2014

Registration is now closed