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Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

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 to 7:30 p.m.
Chevy Chase Pavilion at Willie's Bar, Embassy Suites
4300 Military Road NW
Washington, DC 20015

conference

Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
American University School of Education
Spring Valley Building, Room 602
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Conference Presentations

Friday, October 11

6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Meet and Greet

Saturday, October 12

8:30 to 9:00 a.m., Conference Registration

9:00 to 9:30 a.m., Welcome and Opening Statements

  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Conference Chair, National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools
  • Danielle Sodani, Director, Institute for Innovation in Education, American University
  • Polina Vinogradova, Director, TESOL Program, Department of World Languages and Cultures, American University
  • Conference Co-Sponsors
    • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
    • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
    • National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC)
    • Global Seal of Biliteracy

9:30 to 10:45 a.m., School Presentations

  • ABRACE - Brazilian Association for Culture and Education
    • Cláudia Costa, School Director
    • Students and Parents
  • Chinese School of Delaware
    • Rebecca Liu, Vice Principal
    • Linda Wu, Chinese Calligraphy Presenter
    • Angelica Tsai and Mai Liu, Mountain Dance Performers

10:45 to 11:00 a.m., Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Keynote Speakers and Discussion

  • Working Together is Better than Working Alone: Heritage Language Schools in Alberta

    • Antonella Cortese, President, International & Heritage Languages Association (IHLA), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; the Comitato Promotore della Lingua Italiana
    • Trudie Aberdeen, Coordinator, International & Heritage Languages Association (IHLA), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Trường Lạc Hồng School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Video Greetings
    • Jim Cummins, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

12:00 to 12:15 p.m., Conference Photo and Transition to Workshops

12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Concurrent Workshops

  • Project-Based Learning: Engaging Learners Through Real-World Language Use
    • Maria Carreira, Professor of Spanish, California State University, Long Beach; Co-director, National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA (NHLRC)with
    • Antonio Causarano, Associate Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Mary Washington
    • Ana Lucia Lico, Co-Founder and Board Member, Brazilian Association for Culture and Education (ABRACE)
  • Public School/Community-Based School Collaborations: Recognizing Language Achievement Through the Seal of Biliteracy 
    • Katarina Brito, Bilingual Program Developer, DC Public Schools
    • Linda Egnatz, Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy with
    • Angela Hasheva, Founder and President, The Association of Bulgarian Schools in America (ABSA)
    • Marta McCabe, Founder and President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina
  • Digital Marketing and Social Media for Community-Based Programs
    • Katherine Pilgrim, Digital Business Marketer, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) with
    • Sigrid Belluz, Vice-President, German School Conference; Principal, Deutsche Schule
    • Renate Ludanyi, President, German School Conference; President and Principal, German School of Connecticut

1:15 to 2:00 p.m., Lunch

2:00 to 2:45 p.m., Collaborating to Address Heritage Language Issues in Education

  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) – Joel Gomez, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) – Maria Carreira,   Co-director
  • National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) – An Chung Cheng, President
  • National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) – Betsy Hart, Director of National Outreach and Program Director for STARTALK
  • Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education – José Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director
  • Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) - Trey Calvin, Managing Director 

2:45 to 3:30 p.m., How ACTFL Supports Heritage Communities and the Seal of Biliteracy

  • Howie Berman, Executive Director, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Camelot Marshall, Principal Assessment Manager, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

3:30 to 3:45 p.m., Break

3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Concurrent Workshops

  • Differentiating Instruction to Engage and Meet the Needs of All Learners
    • Maria Carreira, Professor of Spanish, California State University, Long Beach; Co-director, National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA (NHLRC) with
    • Ivian Destro Boruchowski, Educational Consultant, and Ph.D. student at Florida International University
    • Gaila Narkevičienė, Principal, Boston Lithuanian School
  • Implementing the Global Seal in Community-Based Schools 
    • Linda Egnatz, Executive Director, Global Seal of Biliteracy
    • Katarina Brito, Bilingual Program Developer, DC Public Schools with
    • Angela Hasheva, Founder and President, The Association of Bulgarian Schools in America (ABSA)
    • Marta McCabe, Founder and President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina
    • Marzanna Owinski, Director of Cultural and Educational Programs at the Piast Institute (Polish)
  • Developing and Sustaining Effective Community-Based Schools (for school administrators, principals, and program managers)
    • Bob Uriu, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of California Irvine; Administrator, Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School
    • Masako Douglas, Professor of Japanese, California State University, Long Beach; Curriculum Advisor, Oranage Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School with
    • Neila Baumilienė, founder, Alexandra Kazickas Lithuanian Heritage Language Saturday School
    • Mark Forsberg, Program Coordinator, Institute for Innovation in Education, American University

4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Conference Closing

  • Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language School
    • Coalition accomplishments
    • Coalition website
    • School survey
    • Ways that Language Representatives can engage with communities
    • Future inititatives
  • Reflection and Next Steps
    • What have we learned today?
    • What might be the goals and activities of the Coalition?
    • How can we continue to work together?
  • Raffle

5:45 to 7:00 p.m., Reception

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)
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.

Registration

Register for the conference on Eventbrite.

  • $75 Early Bird Registration by Sept. 28
  • $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

Choose from a variety of accommodations in the DC Metro Area, used for friends of the University.

  • 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 Board Member, 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