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 2020 conference will be held Saturday, October 10 at American University in Washington, DC. It 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. You will hear more about this conference soon. In the meantime, please Save the Date and let teachers and program administrators in your language community know about it. 

2020 Conference Information

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)


  • Kazickas Family Foundation, New York City


  • Global Seal of Biliteracy 


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:


Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2018