2022 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference


2022 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference
Friday, October 7, 2022 to Saturday, October 8, 2022
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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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.

Registration is now open.

FULL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE for the 9th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference is NOW AVAILABLE!


Keynote speaker:

Ofelia García, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Translanguaging Pedagogy in Community-Based Language Schools


Featured panelists:

Richard Brecht, Ph.D., Co-director, American Councils Research Center

The America’s Languages Portal: Model Programs and Practices Advancing Access and Equity in U.S. Language Education

Jim Cummins, Ph.D., Professor, University of Toronto

Doing Powerful Things with Language: How Heritage Language Schools and ‘Mainstream’ Education Can Work Together


Explore the full conference schedule, learn more about our featured speakers, and find out more about the conference and register on the conference webpage.

The registration fee for on-site participation covers refreshments, lunch, and a reception. In addition, on-site participants can get together for a meet and greet at a local restaurant on Friday evening. 

Please encourage anyone involved with a community-based school teaching your language to participate in the conference. There will be a variety of workshops highly relevant to teachers and administrators:

  • Best Practices in Heritage Language Instruction
  • The Foundations of Critical Instruction and Project-Based Learning
  • 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
  • The State and Global Seals of Biliteracy: How to Participate
  • International Guidelines for Effective Community-Based Schools
  • International Guidelines for Professional Practices in Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

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

See the conference webpage for more details and to register!

Please share the conference Facebook event widely and invite your colleagues!

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