Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

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Spring Valley Building , Room 471

4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Spring Valley , Room 4th Floor

School of Education 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8030 United States

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2019 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

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 Details


Meet and Greet

Friday, October 11, 2019, 6:00 PM
Chevy Chase Pavilion at Willie's Bar, Embassy Suites
4300 Military Road NW
Washington, DC 20015


Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:30-5:00
American University School of Education
Spring Valley Building, Room 602
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

This conference aims 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

Read more about Community-based Heritage Language Conferences from prior years:

2018 Conference Summary

2017 Conference Summary

2016 Conference Summary

2015 Conference Summary

The following languages have been represented at the conference in previous years. The National Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools has language representatives for each of these languages who are closely engaged with practitioners working in community-based heritage language programs in their language community and are interested in making connections with other language groups. Language respresentatives serve as liaisons, creating connections between their language community and the work of the Coalition. Check out the Coalition website to learn more about the language representatives and their responsibilities.

Represented languages include:

American Sign Language
Amharic (Ethiopia)

2018 Keynote Address

Engaging Students in Community-Based Schools


Dr. Maria Carreira, Professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach and the Co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA.


Register on Eventbrite

  • $75 Early Bird Registration by Sept. 13
  • $50 Live Streaming: join the conference remotely by Oct. 11
  • $100 Regular Registration by Oct. 11
  • $125 Day-of-Registration on Oct. 12
  • $20 Student Registration
  • American University School of Education
  • Cal Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools
  • Global Seal of Biliteracy
  • National Heritage Language Resource Center
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American University TESOL Program

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