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

Upcoming Conference:

The 2019 conference will include 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 will share with us key features of their schools, what they’re learning, and what they’re excited about, and leaders in the language education field will talk about the ways they are working with community-based schools. Our keynote speakers, Antonella Cortese and Trudi Aberdeen, with the International & Heritage Language Association (IHLA) in Alberta, Canada, will describe their community-based schools initiatives and propose ways that we can collaborate.

We are pleased to announce the conference’s current 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

Registration is now open.

Visit the 2019 conference's website.

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

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