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2016 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers

A networking conference for teachers, administrators, and researchers involved with or studying community-based heritage language schools, dual language/bilingual schools, and immersion schools

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Conference Chairs, Joy Kreeft Peyton and Ana Lucia Lico

2015 Conference: Comments about Desires for 2015 Conference

American University, School of Education, Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, PhD

American University, Polina Vinogradova, PhD, Director, TESOL Program

Keynote Address

Heritage language education: What is it good for? Why do some parents pursue it and others resist?

Dr. Kim Potowski, University of Illinois, Chicago

Panels and Workshops

Challenges and Best Practices in Managing a Heritage Language Program


  • Jane Ross, French Heritage Language Program, New York, New York
  • Jacynthe Jacques, Coordinator, Franco-Center, Lewiston, Maine
  • [PDF Panel Handout] - Launching and sustaining a community-based heritage language school 

Engaging Students in Community-Based Programs


  • Ivian Destro Boruchowski, PhD student, Florida International University
  • Daiva Navickas, Chair, Lithuanian Educational Council, former Head of Boston Lithuanian School and Educator [PDF Presentation]
  • Engaging Students in Community-Based Programs: Activities that build vocabulary and community


National Organizations That Support Heritage Language Education


  • Renate Ludanyi, President, German Language School Conference; Western Connecticut State University
  • AnChung Cheng, Associate Professor, University of Toledo; Vice President, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

Small-Group Leaders

  • Neila Baumiliene, Director, Kazickas Family Foundation, New York, New York
  • Sigrid Belluz, Vice President, German Language School Conference; Principal, German School, Charlotte, NC
  • National Organizations That Support Heritage Language Education

Community-Based Heritage Language Programs in the United States: Results of a National Survey and Building a Program of Advocacy


  • Renate Ludanyi, President, German Language School Conference; Western Connecticut State University
  • Hseuh-Ming Tommy Lu, Chair, Department of Computer Information Systems, Delaware Technical Community College
  • Marta McCabe, President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina
  • Ana Lucia Lico, Co-Founder, ABRACE Brazilian Association for Culture and Education, Virginia
  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Co-Founder, National Coalition of Community-Based Language Schools

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