2023 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference

Friday, October 1314, 2023

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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.

The conference will be hybrid, held both on site at American University and online.

This conference aims to:
  • Build partnerships among and across community-based heritage language schools and determine arenas for future action
  • Help schools create, strengthen, and build their school structures and activities
  • Make clear the importance of community-based heritage language schools in the language learning landscape and in the lives of language communities in the United States
  • Develop information about community-based heritage language schools through a national survey of schools
  • Share and make available resources that will be helpful to schools



Conference Plenary Speakers

Telling the Stories of Community-Based Language Schools in the United States

  • Shuhan Wang, Ph.D., ELE Consulting International; Chinese Language Education, Asia Society

Supporting Sustainable Less Commonly Taught Community-Based Language Programs

  • Felix Kronenberg, Ph.D, National LCTL Resource Center

Motivating Students to Continue Language Development With the Seal of Biliteracy

  • Kristin Davin, Ph.D., University of North Carolina- Charlotte

Workshops for Teachers and Administrators

  • Features of High-Quality Instruction
  • Using Technology Tools and Platforms in Instruction
  • Building Extensive Reading Practices in the Classroom
  • Early Childhood Education and Language Learning
  • Empowerment Through Collaboration: Motivating and Supporting HL Teachers
  • Engaging Teachers of Community-based Schools in Professional Development and Growth Opportunities
  • Administering a Heritage Language School: Successfully Leading a Team of Professionals and Volunteers
  • Creating Outreach Materials to Raise Awareness

For more information and to register, visit the main conference webpage: https://www.american.edu/soe/iie/heritage-language-conference.cfm.