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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.

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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

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

Friday, October 9

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

  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
  • JNCL
  • OELA
  • NFLC – Betsy Hart
  • Sydney, Australia - Ken Cruickshank
  • Ontario, Canada - Constantine Loannou

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

2:30 to 4:00 p.m. - Workshop

  • Engaging City, State, and National Organizations, Consulates and Embassies, Boards of Education

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

4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Workshop

  • Hiring, Training, and Retaining Effective Teachers

Saturday, October 10

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Workshop

  • Effective Instruction: Best Practices

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

12:30 to 2:00 p.m. - Workshop

  • Engaging and Collaborating With Parents, Schools, and the Community

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

2:30 to 4:00 p.m. - Workshop

  • Gaining Credit and Recognition for Language Proficiency: Developing a Pathway for Students to Level Up

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

4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - Workshop

  • Gaining Credit and Recognition for Language Proficiency: Assessing Student Proficiency

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.

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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 Conference