Annual Conference

We hold a conference each year, where 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 come together to share research and best practices. Please let us know if you would like to receive announcements about future conferences. Write to

Next Conference:

The 2020 conference will be held Saturday, October 10 at American University in Washington, DC. You will hear more about this conference soon. In the meantime, please Save the Date and let the teachers and program administrators in your language community know about it. It will be a powerful time to gather, share, learn, and grow!

Recent Conference:

The 2019 conference was held Saturday, October 12. It included informative sessions for school administrators, teachers, and researchers about developing and maintaining a strong community-based program, the possibility of gaining language recognition for students through the Seal of Biliteracy and the Global Seal, project-based learning, differentiating instruction, and outreach strategies and tools for community-based schools. Teachers, students, and parents from two community-based schools shared with us key features of their schools, what they’re learning, and what they’re excited about, and leaders in the language education field described the ways that they are working with community-based schools. Keynote speakers, Antonella Cortese and Trudi Aberdeen, with the International & Heritage Language Association (IHLA) in Alberta, Canada, described their community-based schools initiatives and proposed ways that we can collaborate.

We are grateful to the conference's sponsors.

Sponsoring Organizations:

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
  • National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC)

Supporting Organizations:

  • Global Seal

Visit the 2019 conference's website.

Conference Presentations can be found here

Past conference programs can be found here:

Additional information about past conferences at American University in Washington DC can be found here:

Photos from previous conferences: