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
Ana Lucia Lico, Joy Kreeft Peyton, Amelia Tseng, and Polina Vinogradova
Many language communities in the United States have established schools and programs to teach a wide variety of heritage languages. These programs face similar challenges, which include maintaining sustainable funding levels, involving families fully and effectively in the language development enterprise, finding and supporting effective teachers, developing curriculum and materials that engage students and promote learning, and receiving recognition from the formal public and private school education community.
This conference will bring together teachers, administrators, and parents involved in community-based language schools, along with language researchers, to explore ways to address these important issues together.
The conference will feature three panel presentations by leaders in the field of heritage language education. Panel topics include Engaging Partners; Building Strong, Sustainable Programs; and Motivating and Empowering Students. Each presenter will lead informal follow-up discussions to help us collaboratively seek effective solutions to common challenges. Read more about the program on the next page.
The goal of this conference is to encourage productive partnerships in which community-based language schools work together and collaborate with parents, public, private, and charter school programs, universities, and other organizations to advance the goal of supporting the rich heritage language resources in our country.