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Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Promoting Collaboration and Advocacy Among Educators, Families, and Researchers

American University
Washington DC, D.C.

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Location: American University, Washington DC

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference: Promoting Collaboration among Educators, Families, and Researchers.

This conference is for community-based heritage language schools, members of communities of heritage language speakers, and education leaders who are interested in working with community-based heritage language schools.

We have an exciting list of presenters, ranging from local experts from DC schools, heads of renowned heritage language schools, respected researchers and a policy maker from the US Department of Education. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education Stanford Graduate School of Education Stanford University. She will talk about The Power of the Heritage Language in Identity Formation and Engagement.

We hope you can join us Saturday, October 7, 2017 (8:30am – 5:00 pm) 

Click here for more information about the conference including bios of the conference presenters.

Click here to go to our Registration page.

Please share this information with your colleagues. Please also consider sharing with your networks on social media! You can share about the conference from the School of Education Facebook Page - - or from the Conference Registration page.

Themes and Topics We Will Cover Throughout the Day (in presentations and small-group discussions)

Key Aspects of Strong Community-Based Heritage Language Programs

  1. Teacher Retention and Professional Development
  2. Assessing Student Learning
  3. Building Family Support and Community Engagement

Sustaining Programs by Making Connections With Others

  1. Advocacy and Collaboration
  2. Recognition of Student Proficiency and Achievement
  3. Funding Sources for Programs

The National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

  1. The Coalition as an initiative that we can all engage in
  2. The Coalition website and available resources
  3. The survey of community-based heritage language programs
  4. Ways that Language Representatives can engage their communities
  5. Next year's conference, 2018


This conference is sponsored by American University in Washington, DC; the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL); and the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at UCLA.


Hope to see you there !

Joy Peyton and Ana Lucia Lico

7 Oct 17

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