Sunday, December 9th

5:00-6:00pm  Opening reception, Crane Cafe in Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Rd S

6:00-8:00pm   Project-Based learning workshop, 180 Hagerty Hall

Monday, December 10th

8:00-8:45 AM  Registration, Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N High St

8:45-9:00 AM  Welcome by Dr. Chris Faltis, Department of Teaching & Learning Chair and Dr. Glenn Martinez, Director of the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

9:00– 10:30 AM  Teachers and Administrators Panel, Ohio Union Performance Hall

10:30-10:45 AM  Networking and coffee break

10:45-12:00 PM  Keynote: “Toward (Re)Casting Words and Identities: Stories of Biliteracy and Bilingualism”, Dr. Soria E. Colomer, Oregon State University, Ohio Union Performance Hall

12:00-12:10 PM  Working Lunch, Remarks by Dr. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Executive Dean and Vice Provost for Arts and Sciences

12:10-12:15 PM  Dr. Theresa Delgadillo, Program Director,  Latina/o Studies, Program Announcement

12:15– 1:30 PM  Community Panel, Ohio Union Performance Hall

1:45-3:30 PM  Workshop A  Ohio Staters Inc. Traditions Room, 2nd Floor Ohio Union and

                         Workshop B  Interfaith Prayer & Reflection Room, 3rd Floor Ohio Union

3:45-5:30 PM  Workshops A and B (groups switch)


Panel Participants

Teacher & Administrator Panel: The Ohio Seal of Biliteracy: Affirmation, Promotion, Benefits, and Obstacles

Moderator: Dr. Glenn Martinez, Director of the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, The Ohio State University

Ryan Wertz, M.ED., Lead Consultant for World Languages and International Education, The Ohio Department of Education

Michele Brown, M.S., Project Director of Ohio State Academy, The Ohio State University’s Office of Academic Affairs

Michael Schwarten, M.A., Heritage Spanish teacher, Westland High School

Ashley Beasley, World Languages Curriculum Coordinator, Columbus City Schools

Ed Kennedy, M.A., Coordinator of English as a Second Language Services, South-Western City Schools


Community Panel: Valuing Linguistic Diversity

Moderator: Dr. Elena Foulis, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Lilleana Cavanaugh, Executive Director of the Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs

José Morales Crispin, Hispanic Community Outreach and Engagement coordinator, Franklin County Sheriff’s office

Bhuwan Pyakurel, Head of Interpretive Services, Primary One Health

Ekram Ali, Program Manager, Center for Cancer Health Equity


Preview of upcoming workshops

Project-Based Learning with Heritage Language Learners

Project-Based learning (PBL) will offer a model for language teachers who teach heritage language (HL) students, whether they are in a mixed classroom or one designed for HL students. PBL is a learner-centered approach that provides students with the opportunity to work over an extended period of time on a project that requires problem-solving, complex issues, and many times, dealing with real-life challenges. In this particular workshop, we will explore PBL using technology and multi-media platforms. Participants will briefly engage in hands-on activities to brainstorm the development of projects that can be used with HL students.

The workshop will give a brief overview on how to identify and address the linguistic needs of HL students, and help you select materials that build on HL students lived experiences and linguistic proficiencies.



Reading and Writing Skills for Heritage Language Learners

During this workshop we will provide strategies and examples of different types of reading and writing activities and approaches designed according to HL unique backgrounds. We work to build on the knowledge that students bring with them rather than aim to replace or subtract from students’ heritage language.


Identifying Heritage Language Learners and Creating Affirming Experiences

In this workshop, we will present best practices for identifying heritage language learners in the classroom setting and beyond. We will present the sociocultural dynamics of language maintenance and shift and help participants identify the contexts that shape language proficiency and language self-image among learners. Finally we will consider strategies for affirming heritage language experiences for all learners and carving out spaces for heritage learners in our classrooms, our schools and our society.