2015 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.
Building on the success of last year's heritage languages conference at American University, this year's 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 presentations and workshops by leaders in the field of heritage language education who will also lead discussions with educators and parents as they share best practices to help us collaboratively seek effective solutions to common challenges.
We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Olga Kagan, Director of the National Heritage Language Center (NHLRC) at UCLA.
The organizers hope that this event will continue to build productive partnerships in which community-based language schools work together as well as 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.