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Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

2020 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference - Online in 2020 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.

2020 Online conference

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT

Please find links to the presentation slides and the presentation recordings in the 2020 Schedule section.

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

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 7th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Online!

Before attending the conference, please prepare by doing the following:

  1. Watch videos from the six panelists (for the session on October 9 at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.) and videos from the two speakers (for the session on October 10 at 9:30-10:00 a.m.), where they describe how their organization and their work are connected with and committed to community-based heritage language schools, the resources they have that are helpful for those of us working in those schools, and what we can learn from them. All videos are posted in this YouTube playlist.
  2. Then please submit your questions for the panelists and the speakers (either to a specific panelist or speaker or a more general question), using this Google Form by October 1. We will send the questions to the panelists and speakers before their sessions and they will answer them there.

Friday, October 9

(Eastern Time)

Please click here for all session slides.

Please click here for the video recordings of the following sessions: Conference Opening and Q&A with Panel of Organizational Leaders. The passcode for this video is: &80LssKw. 

Please note: The recording for the 4:30 - 6:00 pm session on Oct. 9th is not available yet, but it is coming soon.

12:30 to 1:00 p.m. – Conference Opening & Introductions

  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Conference Chair, National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools
  • Danielle Sodani, Director, Institute for Innovation in Education, American University

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. - Q & A With Panel of Organizational Leaders - Connecting With Organizations Working in the Field of Heritage Language Education

  • ACTFL - Bridget Yaden, President
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) - Trey Calvin, Communications Manager
  • Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL - NCLIS) - Amanda Seewald, President-Elect and Advocacy Chair
  • National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) - Arturo Díaz, Executive Director; Maria Carreira, Co-Director, Pedagogy
  • National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) – Betsy Hart, Lead Director and Director of Programs
  • Office of English Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education - Lorena McElwain, Assistant Deputy Secretary

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Break

Please click here for the recording of the 2:30 - 4:30 session. The passcode for this video is: &80LssKw. 

2:30 to 4:00 p.m. - Workshop - Engaging City, State, and National Organizations, Consulates and Embassies, Boards of Education

Facilitators:

  • Trey Calvin, Communications Manager, Center for Applied Linguistcs (CAL)
  • Marta McCabe, President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina
  • Nina Paulovicova, President, International Heritage Languages Association (IHLA); Assistant Professor, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
  • Trudie Aberdeen, Coordinator, IHLA; Instructor, University of Alberta, Canada

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Break

4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Workshop - Hiring, Training, and Retaining Effective Teachers

Facilitators:

  • Renate Ludanyi, President, German Language School Conference (GLSC); Board Member, German School of Connecticut; Director, German Studies Center, Western Connecticut State University
  • Sigrid Belluz, Vice President, German Language School Conference (GLSC); Principal, Deutsche Schule, Charlotte
  • Trudie Aberdeen, Coordinator, International Heritage Languages Association (IHLA); Instructor, University of Alberta, Canada

Saturday, October 10

(Eastern Time)

Please click here for the video recordings of the following sessions: Discussion of Initiative in Other Countries and Effective Instruction Workshop with Masako Douglas. The passcode for this video is: 3I*q7s8r

9:30-10:00 a.m. – Discussion - Heritage Language Initiatives in Other Countries

  • Constantine Ioannou – Executive Director, Ontario, Canada, International Language Educators Association (ILEA)
  • Ken Cruickshank – Professor in Education and TESOL, Sydney School of Education and Social Work; Director, Sydney Institute of Community Language Education; Eben Gowrie Waterhouse Chair in Languages, University of Sydney, Australia

Please click here for the recording of the 10:00 - 11:30 session with Jennifer de Lima and Aerin Benavides. The passcode for this video is: eZJB@S8m. 

Please click here for the recording of the 10:00 - 11:30 session with Tommy Lu and Dan Boric. The passcode for this video is: b*Zthg*6

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Workshop - Effective Instruction: Best Practices

Topics and Facilitators:

  • High-leverage/high-impact teaching practices: For new teachers - Masako Douglas, Professor Emerita of Japanese, California State University Long Beach
  • Differentiating instruction - Jennifer de Lima and Aerin Benavides, Board Members, Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition (ISLA) Chapel Hill, NC
  • Motivating and engaging middle and high school students, including technology and online tools - Tommy Lu, Department Chair of Information Technologies, Delaware Technical Community College; Advisor, Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools (WMACS); Dan Boric, Two Marshmallows

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Lunch Break

Please click here for the recording of the 12:30 - 2:00 session. The passcode for this video is: 3I*q7s8r

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. - Workshop - Engaging and Collaborating With Parents, Schools, and the Community

Facilitators:

  • Sornam Sankar, Co-Founder and Academic Head, Tamil Language Education and Training Inc. (TALENT, Inc.)
  • Mr. Velmurugan Periasamy, Valluvan Tamil Academy, VA
  • Mr. Daivamani Sivasailam, TALENT Tamil School, MD
  • Dr. Balamurugan Kuppusamy, Maryland Tamil Academy, MD
  • Mr. Santosh Selvaraj, Bharathiyar, Tamil School, MD
  • Mr. Srinivas Sundaragopal, Sangamam Tamil School, VA

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. - Break

Please click here for the recording of the 2:30 - 4:00 session. The passcode for this video is: 3I*q7s8r

2:30 to 4:00 p.m. - Workshop - Gaining Credit and Recognition for Language Proficiency: Developing a Pathway for Students to Level Up

Facilitators:

  • Paul Sandrock, Director of Education, ACTFL
  • Linda Egnatz, Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. - Break

Please click here for the recording of the 4:30 - 6:00 session and the Conference Closing. The passcode for this video is: 3I*q7s8r

4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Workshop - Gaining Credit and Recognition for Language Proficiency: Assessing Student Proficiency

Facilitators:

  • Linda Egnatz, Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy
  • Paul Sandrock, Director of Education, ACTFL

6:00-6:30 p.m. – Conference Closing

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)
Arabic
Bulgarian
Chinese
Czech/Slovak
Farsi
French
German
Greek
Hindi
Italian
Japanese
Lithuanian
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Spanish
Urdu
Vietnamese

2018 Keynote Address

Engaging Students in Community-Based Schools

1:47:10

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.

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Conference Registration: $20 general online admission for all sessions. Please register at our EventBrite page.

Conference Planning Team

Joy Kreeft Peyton, Conference Chair, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics

Ana Lucia Lico, Co-Founder and Board Member, Brazilian Association for Culture and Education (ABRACE)

Marta McCabe, Founder and President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina

Danielle Gervais Sodani, Director, Institute of Innovation in Education, American University, School of Education

Mark Forsberg, Program Coordinator, Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference