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2016 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools: Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

This annual conference brings together teachers, administrators, and parents involved in community-based language schools, along with language researchers and educators in other bilingual programs, to learn about and address issues related to heritage language education in community-based schools.

Organized by:

AU School of Education and AU TESOL Program

Co-sponsored by:

The Center for Applied Linguistics

Conference Planning Team:

  • Ana Lucia Lico, Executive Director, ABRACE Brazilian Portuguese Program, Conference Chair
  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Conference Chair, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Danielle Sodani, Director, Institute of Innovation in Education, American University, School of Education
  • Amelia Tseng, Scholar-in-Residence, American University, School of Education
  • Polina Vinogradova, Director, American University, TESOL Program
Conference Goals
The conference provides an opportunity to
...
1.
Learn how various communities are capitalizing on their lin
guistic and cultural wealth
and developing cultural knowledge and linguistic proficien
cy of teachers and learners
2.
Learn about best practices in heritage language education
3.
Improve the quality of your program: improved instruction, i
ncreased enrollment,
student and parent engagement, teachers up to date with
information and tools, productive
partnerships
4.
Meet, network with, and learn from representatives from dif
ferent languages and from
different schools/programs (community-based; dual language;
elementary, secondary,
university)
5.
Form partnerships and alliances with other schools, organization
s, and communities
within language groups, across languages, and across program t
ypes

Conference Goals

The conference provides an opportunity to ...

  1. Learn how various communities are capitalizing on their linguistic and cultural wealth and developing cultural knowledge and linguistic proficiency of teachers and learners
  2. Learn about best practices in heritage language education
  3. Improve the quality of your program: improved instruction, increased enrollment, student and parent engagement, teachers up to date with information and tools, productive partnerships
  4. Meet, network with, and learn from representatives from different languages and from different schools/programs (community-based; dual language; elementary, secondary, university)
  5. Form partnerships and alliances with other schools, organizations, and communities within language groups, across languages, and across program types

The conference will feature presentations and workshops by leaders in the field of heritage language education, who will share best practices and lead discussions to help us collaboratively seek effective solutions to common challenges. Previous conferences, held at American University since 2014, have been extremely successful. 

Conference Schedule Overview

Keynote Address (9:00 am): Heritage language education: What is it good for? Why do some parents pursue it and others resist? Dr. Kim Potowski, University of Illinois, Chicago

Panels and Workshops (10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 - 5:00 pm)

Challenges and Best Practices in Managing a Heritage Language Program

Engaging Students in Community-Based Programs

National Organizations That Support Heritage Language Education

Community-Based Heritage Language Programs in the United States: Results of a National Survey and Building a Program of Advocacy

Closing and Reception (5:00 - 7:00 pm)

Click here for a full conference schedule.

Click here for Payment and Registration for the 2016 Conference

Previous Conferences

You Can Review the 2015 Conference Resources Here.

CONFERENCE INFO

Conference Dates:

Friday, September 30, 5:30 - 7:00 pm: Meet and Greet, Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Pavilion at Willie’s Bar 4300 Military Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20015

Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm:

Registration Details:

  • $75.00 - Early Bird Registration closes September 1, your check must be received by September 9
  • $100.00 - Regular Registration closes September 23, your check must be received by September 27
  • $125.00 at the door or for anyone who pre-registered but did not submit payment
  • For students with a valid ID, registration is $20.00. 
  • Please click here to access the registration form.
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