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SETH | Bilingual Education, Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

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

Organized by

AU Bilingual Education Program and AU TESOL Program

Co-sponsored by

The Center for Applied Linguistics

Conference Chairs

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.

Conference Schedule 

Click here for a detailed conference schedule.


Conference Dates: 

  • Friday, Sept. 26, 4:00 - 6:00 PM: Pre-conference event: The State of Bilingual Education in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area: Challenges, Successes, and Future Directions – light refreshments served. Location: Mary Graydon Center Rooms 2-5
  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:15 AM – 6:30 PM: Keynote address, panel presentations, and discussions followed by a reception. Location: Mary Graydon Center Rooms 2-5.

Registration is now closed 
  • Registration: $100.00. Registration closes September 15, your check must be received by September 19
  • $125 at the door or for anyone who pre-pregistered by did not submit payment before Aug. 15 or Sept 19
  • Students with a valid student ID, $20.00

Registration includes the pre-conference event on Friday and breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and the reception on Saturday.

Click here for a detailed conference schedule.

Getting to the Conference:

We encourage conference attendees to take public transportation. American University is on the AU/Tenleytown Red Line Metro stop. There is a shuttle that runs from the metro to campus. 

Detailed directions and maps can be found here.


On Friday evening, parking is available in the SIS Garage and the Katzen Arts Center Garage. These garages have pay-as-you-go spaces for $2.00 per hour. You do not need to pay for parking after 5:00 pm.

You may park on campus on Saturday free of charge.

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