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


Recent Conference:

The 2020 conference was held online October 9 to 10 at American University in Washington, DC. 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. Leaders from U.S. language organizations and from Canada and Australia presented. You can watch the recordings and access the PowerPoint slides and handouts here.

2020 Conference Information


We are grateful to the conference sponsors:




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


Photos from previous conferences:


Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2018