2018 Annual 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.

2018 Opening Keynote Presentation

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.


We have a rich and powerful program and a wonderful set of speakers. We will hear from the speakers and have significant amounts of time to work and interact with and learn from them and each other. Language Representatives from many different heritage languages will represent their diverse language communities.

Themes and Topics Covered in 2018

  • Engaging Students/Engaged Learning

  • Building and Maintaining Successful Community-Based Schools

  • How Can We Connect and Collaborate in Our Heritage Language Work?

  • Dynamic, Responsive, Successful Instruction and Community Outreach

Conference Goals

The goals of the conference are 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 

Conference organizers and Sponsors

The conference is organized by the National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools, American University's Insitute for Innovation in Education and TESOL Program in Washington, DC.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL); National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) at UCLA; and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Conference Planning Team

  • Joy Kreeft Peyton, Conference Chair, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Ana Lucia Lico, Co-Founder and Executive Director, 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

Founders and Leaders of Programs Focused on Specific Languages

American Sign Language (ASL)

  • Ted Supalla, Professor, Neurology, Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery, Georgetown University

Brazilian Portuguese

  • Ana Lucia Lico, Co-founder and Executive Director, ABRACE


  • AnChung Cheng, Professor, University of Toledo; Vice-President, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
  • Tommy Lu, Ex-Officio Board Director, Chinese School of Delaware

Czech and Slovak

  • Marta McCabe, Founder and President, Czech and Slovak School of North Carolina


  • Mathilde Landier, French Heritage Language Program Coordinator (French Cultural Services/FACE Foundation)
  • Jane Ross, French Heritage Language Program, New York, New York


  • Sigrid Belluz, Vice President, German Language School Conference; Principal, German School, Charlotte, NC
  • Renate Ludanyi, President, German Language School Conference; Principal, German School of Connecticut, Stamford - Hartford; Director, German Studies Center, Western Connecticut State University


  • Surendra and Vijay Gambhir, Emeritus Faculty, University of Pennsylvania


  • Masako Douglas, Professor of Japanese, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach


  • Neila Baumiliene, Director, Kazickas Family Foundation, New York, New York
  • Gaila Narkevičienė, Principal, Boston Lithuanian School

Register Today!

Saturday, October 13 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

American University School of Education
4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Spring Valley Building Room 602

Link to Registration Details

  • $75 - Early Bird Registration by Sept. 14
  • $100 - Regular Registration by Oct. 12
  • $125 - Day-of-Registration on Oct. 13
  • $20 - Student Registration

Previous Conference Resources

2017 Conference Summary

2016 Conference Summary

2015 Conference Summary

Thank you to our 2018 Conference Sponsors!

School of Ed, TESOL Program, Center for Applied Linguistics, National Heritage Language Resource Center

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