2017 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

American University, Washington, DC
October 7, 2017
Rooms 602 and 618 (6 th floor), Spring Valley Building
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016

Full Conference Schedule | Conference Presenter Bios

Friday, October 6

6:00 PM - Meet and Greet, Chevy Chase Pavilion at Willie's Bar, Embassy Suites, 4300 Military Road NW, Washington, DC, 20015

Saturday, October 7

8:30-9:00am - Conference Registration - 6 th floor

9:00-9:30am - Opening Plenary

Welcome and Opening Statements - Room 602

  • National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools
  • Danielle Sodani, Director, Institute for Innovation in Education, American University (AU)
  • Dr. Joel Gómez, President, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
  • Dr. Claire Hitchins Chik, Associate Director, Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC)
  • José Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education

9:30-10:30am - Keynote Address - Room 602

The Power of the Heritage Language in Identity Formation and Engagement [PDF Presentation]

Dr. Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, California

10:30-10:45am - Break

10:45am-1:15pm - Morning Session - Room 602

Key Aspects of Strong Community-Based Heritage Language Programs

Opening: Joy Kreeft Peyton, Moderator

Presentation 1: Teacher Retention and Professional Development

Facilitator: Dr. Tommy Lu, Ex-Officio Board Director, Chinese School of Delaware

Presenters:

  • Dr. Renate Ludanyi, President, German School Conference; President and Principal, German School of Connecticut;
  • Dr. Sigrid Belluz, Vice-President, German School Conference; Principal, Deutsche Schule, Charlotte NC;
  • Dr. Heidi Rex, Linguist and Teacher, German Saturday School, Boston, Massachusetts [PDF Presentation]
  • Dr. An Chung Cheng, Professor, University of Toledo, Ohio; Vice-President, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages [PDF Presentation]

Presentation 2: Assessing Student Learning

Facilitator: Ana Lucia Lico, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Brazilian Association for Culture and Education (ABRACE)

Presenters:

  • Marty Abbot, Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) [PDF Presentation]
  • Anne Donovan, Project Manager and Jing Wei, Senior Research Associate, CAL [PDF Presentation]

Presentation 3: Building Family Support and Community Engagement

Facilitator: Dr. Marta McCabe, Founder and President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina

Presenters:

  • Masako Douglas, Professor of Japanese, California State University, Long Beach; Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School [PDF Presentation]

  • Jane Ross, French Heritage Language Program, New York, New York and Mathilde Landier, French Heritage Language Program Coordinator (French Cultural Services/FACE Foundation), New York, New York [PDF Presentation]

Roundtable Discussions - Room 618

Roundtable 1: Teacher Retention and Professional Development

Facilitators:

  • An Chung Cheng and Tommy Lu
  • Heidi Rex
  • Gaila Narkevičienė, Principal, Boston Lithuanian School

Roundtable 2: Student Assessment

Facilitators:

  • Marty Abbott
  • Neila Baumiliene, Director, Kazickas Family Foundation, New York, New York
  • Anne Donovan and Jing Wei

Roundtable 3: Family Support and Community Engagement

Facilitators:

  • Marta McCabe and Masako Douglas
  • Jane Ross and Mathilde Landier
  • Surendra and Vijay Gambhir, Emeritus Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Closing: Ana Lúcia Lico, Moderator

Participants come together to report and reflect on their learning and share ideas and next steps

1:15-2:15pm - Lunch - Room 618

2:15-4:45pm - Afternoon Session - Room 602

Sustaining Programs by Making Connections With Others

Opening: Joy Kreeft Peyton, Moderator

Panel Discussion 1: Advocacy and Collaboration

  • Dr. Claire Chik, Associate Director, Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC)
  • Dr. Masako Douglas, Professor of Japanese, California State University, Long Beach; Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School [PDF Presentation]
  • Dr. Ted Supalla, Professor of Neurology, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University

Panel Discussion 2: Recognition of Student Proficiency and Achievement

  • Marty Abbott, Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) [PDF Presentation]
  • Katarina Brito, Bilingual Program Developer, DC Public Schools (Developer of DCPS Seal of Billiteracy) [PDF Presentation]

Panel Discussion 3: Funding Sources for Programs

  • Betsy Hart, Director of Programs, National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) and STARTALK [PDF Presentation]
  • Josė Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education [PDF Presentation]

3:40 - 3:50pm - Break

Roundtable Discussions - Room 618

Roundtable 1: Advocacy and Collaboration

Discussion Leaders

  • Claire Chik
  • Masako Douglas
  • Ted Supalla

Roundtable 2: Recognition of Student Proficiency and Achievement

Discussion Leaders

  • Marty Abbott
  • Katarina Brito
  • Liz Blesson, Dual Language Analyst, DC Public Schools (Coordinator of DCPS Seal of Biliteracy)

Roundtable 3: Funding Sources for Programs

  • Betsy Hart
  • José Viana

4:45-5:30 - Conference Closing - Room 602

Participants come together as a whole group to report and reflect on their learning and share ideas and next steps.

  • The Coalition as an initiative that we can all engage in
  • Coalition website
  • Program survey [PDF Presentation]
  • Ways that Language Representatives can engage their communities
  • Future initiatives

Reflection

  1. What have we learned today?
  2. What might be the goals and activities of the Coalition?
  3. How can we continue to work together?

Raffle

5:30-7:00 - Reception Sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) - Room 618

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

This conference is for program directors and administrators of community-based heritage language schools; members of the language communities involved in these schools; and directors and leaders in public, private, and charter schools who are interested in working with community-based heritage language schools.

CONFERENCE GOALS

The goals of the conference are to:

  1. Build partnerships among and across community-based heritage language schools and determine arenas for future action
  2. Help schools create, strengthen, and build their school structures and activities
  3. Make clear the importance of community-based heritage language schools in the United States and in the lives of language communities in this country
  4. Develop information about community-based heritage language schools through a national survey of schools
  5. Share and make available resources that will be helpful to schools

CONFERENCE SPONSORS

The conference is sponsored by American University's School of Education and TESOL Program in Washington, DC; the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL); and the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at UCLA.

CONFERENCE PLANNING TEAM

Joy Kreeft Peyton, Conference Chair, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics

Ana Lucia Lico, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Brazilian Association for Culture and Education (ABRACE)

Danielle Gervais Sodani, Director, Institute of Innovation in Education, American University, School of Education

Polina Vinogradova, Director, TESOL Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures, American University

REGISTRATION DETAILS

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Sponsors: AU School of Education, AU TESOL Program, Center for Applied Linguistics, National Heritage Language Resource Center