Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference: Promoting Collaboration and Advocacy Among Educators, Families, and Researchers

Friday, September 30, 2016: 7:00-9:00pm, Evening Meet and Greet
Saturday, October 1, 2016: 8:30am-5:30pm, followed by reception

Organized by the AU School of Education and AU TESOL Program
Co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics

This annual conference brings together teachers, administrators, and parents involved in community-based language schools, along with language researchers and educators in other bilingual programs, to learn about and address issues related to heritage language education in community-based schools. 

The conference provides an opportunity to

  • Meet, network with, and learn from representatives from different languages and schools/programs (community-based; dual language; elementary, secondary, university)
  • Learn how various communities are capitalizing on their linguistic and cultural wealth
  • Learn about best practices in heritage language education
  • Form partnerships with other schools, organizations, and communities within language groups, across languages, and across program types
  • Improve the quality of your program: improved instruction, increased enrollment, student and parent engagement, teachers up to date with information and tools, productive partnerships and collaborations

The conference will feature presentations and workshops by leaders in the field of heritage language education, who will share best practices and lead discussions to help us collaboratively seek effective solutions to common challenges.

Saturday Schedule

Keynote Address: Heritage language education: What is it good for? Why do some parents pursue it and others resist?

Dr. Kim Potowski, University of Illinois, Chicago 

Panels and Workshops

Challenges and Best Practices in Managing a Heritage Language Program

  • Engaging Students in Community-Based Programs
  • National Organizations That Support Heritage Language Education
  • Community-Based Heritage Language Programs in the United States: Results of a National Survey
  • Building a Program of Advocacy