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Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

2022 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference The Power and Sustainability of Multilingualism

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.

2022 In-person and Virtual Options

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 9:30 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 7

(Eastern Time)
12:00 to 12:30 p.m. - Participant Check-in
12:30 to 1:00 p.m. – Conference Opening

Saturday, October 8

(Eastern Time)
9:30 to 9:45 a.m. - Participant Check-in

Keynote speaker:

Translanguaging Pedagogy in Heritage Language Classrooms 
Ofelia García, Ph.D.
, Professor Emerita, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Featured Panelists: 

The Role of Community-Based Schools in the National Language Landscape
Richard Brecht, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland and
James Cummins, Ph.D., Professor, University of Toronto

Workshops for Teachers and Administrators:

  • Best Practices in Heritage Language Instruction
  • Project-Based Learning and Critical Instruction
  • Using Technology in Instruction
  • Keeping the Heritage Language Alive in the Teenage Years
  • Managing an Effective Community-Based School
  • Delivering on the Promise of Proficiency: Backward Design and Assessment
  • Seal of Biliteracy and Global Seal: Implementing in a State
  • International Guidelines for Effective Community-Based Schools

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.

Languages represented include:

  • American Sign Language
  • Amharic (Ethiopia)
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Czech/Slovak
  • Farsi
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hindi   
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Lithuanian
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

The 2022 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference is hosted as a collaboration between the American University Institute for Innovation in Education and the Coalition for Community-Based Heritage Language Schools.

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact Danielle Sodani:


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.


Conference Registration will open in June.

Please note: The 2022 Community-Based Heritage Language School Conference will be held in-person and online. Details are forthcoming.

Conference Planning Team

Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Masako Douglas, Professor of Japanese, California State University, Long Beach; Curriculum Advisor, Oranage Coast Gakuen Japanese Language School

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

Tommy Lu, Department Chair of Information Technologies, Delaware Technical Community College; Advisor, Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools (WMACS)

Marta McCabe, President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina; Program Coordinator, English for International Students, Duke University Graduate School

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

American University

Mavissa Beach, Program Coordinator, Institute of Innovation in Education, American University, School of Education

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

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