2018 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

American University, Washington, DC
October 13, 2018

Full Conference Schedule

Friday, October 12

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

Saturday, October 13
American University, School of Education, Spring Valley Building 6th Floor
4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016

Please find the full schedule on the conference webiste.

Register Today!

Saturday, October 13 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

American University School of Education
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Spring Valley Building Room 602

Link to Registration Details

  • $75 - Early Bird Registration by Sept. 14
  • $50 - Live Streaming (New!), join the conference remotely by Oct. 12
  • $100 - Regular Registration by Oct. 12
  • $125 - Day-of-Registration on Oct. 13
  • $20 - Student Registration
Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools


Conference Overview

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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


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 and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).


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

School of Ed, TESOL Program, Center for Applied Linguistics, National Heritage Language Resource Center

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