Continuing Education Workshops
Gwen Kong –

Certificate in Heritage Language Education/ Late Bilingual Education

This certificate is designed for heritage language educators, language teachers who teach classes of mixed heritage and new language learners, and educators who are interested in creating culturally and linguistically sustaining classrooms for multilingual learners. Gather with critical bilingual and heritage language teachers from across the country to explore, share, and create powerful learning opportunities for your multilingual learners. Courses in this certificate include:

  • Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education (prerequisite for all other courses)
  • Deeper-dive: Art-integrated Multiliteracies for Heritage/Bilingual Learners
  • Deeper-dive: Inquiry Approaches to Bilingual/Heritage Language Curriculum Design
  • Deeper-dive: Content-Based Bilingual and Heritage Language Teaching with Intra-Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theories

All classes are offered synchronously (in real-time) and online. All classes can be taken as continuing education (CEUs), for credit towards an additional license in World Languages Education with a Certificate in Heritage Language/Late Bilingual Education, or for graduate studies credit. Each class is the equivalent of a 3-credit undergraduate/graduate course. For those taking a credit option, additional work will be required. Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education will be offered as a 6-week summer course (meeting twice weekly for two hours each). If you have participated in the CARLA Institute 1-week intensive course, this will be counted. “Deeper dive” classes will be offered either as a 6 week summer option or spread out over 14 weeks during the academic year, in order to provide focused professional development and community of like-minded educators to share ideas and resources with throughout the school year.

To earn the full certificate, participants will also complete a classroom project and either present at a practitioner conference or (co)author a piece of writing.  You will also need to show a minimum language proficiency (e.g. OPIc/WPT) of advanced-mid if you’re teaching in a high school setting, or an advanced low if you’re in a middle school setting.


  • Content-Based Instruction, Intra-Ethnic Studies, and Critical Race Theories with Heritage/Bilingual Learners
    • June 20 - August 15; Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. CST
  • Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education:
    • June 24 - August 7; Mondays and Wednesdays; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. CST

*12 sessions spread across the above time frame for each class.

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Online registrations accepted until 6/14/19, at noon.

If you plan to register for more than one course, please contact course instructor ( for promo code.

Cost each class: $450 

Early bird by 4/26/19: $400

Seeking Course Credit: Do not register on this site if seeking course credit. See Course Credit below for details.


Receive $50 off the regular prices when you register to attend both summer classes. Make sure to use promo code INTROPLUS at checkout. No other discounts will be applied. Discounts cannot be applied after you register and pay. You will be charged $50 if you do not register and attend both classes.

Fees Include

The fee covers instruction and CEU.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

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Teaching heritage learners is not the same as teaching learners of a foreign language. Heritage languages are languages other than English that are spoken in homes, communities, and extended families. Although many of our students come from vibrant multilingual contexts, unless bilingual options are available, youth seldom have access to expanding their home/community languages (and literacy in them) in schools, which are predominantly English environments. When students are given the opportunity to use, learn, and expand on their heritage languages, they are able to tap into an abundance of resources and knowledge.

We will examine identity work, social justice topics, community-based learning and inquiry projects for growing heritage language (literacy), content-based instruction that promotes ethnic studies and racial consciousness, and arts-integrated multiliteracies for heritage language development. This is the introductory prerequisite course that introduces the “deep-dive” topic courses. Participants will collaborate; connect experiences of heritage teachers and learners to research on multilingual development; and learn how to bring communities, classrooms, and digital storytelling together to create powerful heritage language learning environments.

6 week Certificate Course

Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education will be web-based, synchronous meetings (using Zoom, Google Classroom and Fipgrid).  Meetings will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-7pm CST, with small group meetings based on student schedules. 

Summer 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • June 24 & 26
  • July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24.  No class 29 & 31th.
  • August 5 & 7

Required Book

"Practical Advice for Teachers of Heritage Learners of Spanish: Essays by Classroom Teachers: Essays by Classroom Teachers (2nd Ed.), Edited by Michael Peto; 2018).

In this course we will bring together arts-integration, strengthening the multiple language literacies of multilingual and emergent bilingual youth, and critical pedagogies for growing and sustaining biliteracy. We will examine the wide range of what “counts” as literacies, focusing in particular on multimodal and multilingual literacy practices that are connected with vibrant community arts practices. We will explore how the visual arts, movement, soundscapes, and written/oral arts can be infused in our language and literacy teaching. All participants will collaborate with others at similar comfort and confidence levels to create arts-integration plans that can be implemented in their current teaching contexts.

16 week Certificate Course

Arts-Intergrated Multiliteracies with Bilingual/Heritage Learners will be web-based, synchoronous meetings (using Zoom, Google Classroom and Fipgrid).  Meetings will be held on Wednesdays, 6-8pm CST, with small group meetings based on student schedules. 

Fall/Spring 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • November, 7, 14, 21,  28
  • December 5, 12
  • January 23, 30
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 6
  • April 3, 10, 17


This course is designed for people who have taken the Introduction to Heritage Language Education course (through UW-Whitewater or the CARLA Summer Institute). If you are interested in this course, but have not yet taken Introduction to Heritage Language Education, contact the instructor for options. Instructor email

Required Book

Book: Chappell, S., & Faltis, C. J. (2013). The arts and emergent bilingual youth: Building culturally responsive, critical and creative education in school and community contexts. Routledge. ($25-$35 on Amazon).


  • Expand our definitions of biliteracy to include: multimodal forms, translanguaging literacies, culturally responsive literacy practices
  • Explore ways the following arts-based instruction connects to growing healthy and confident multilingual literacies:
    • Visual arts
    • Body movement (including theater and dance)
    • Poetics Music
  • Create ways to integrate community arts practices into our multilingual classrooms to strengthen literacy practices
  • Develop confidence about utilizing critical literacies, media literacy, and racial literacies in growing and strengthening print literacy in multiple languages


16 week Certificate Course

Class will be web-based, synchoronous meetings (using Zoom, Google Classroom and Fipgrid)  

We know that content-based instruction is a vehicle for meaningful, authentic, and engaging bilingualism and biliteracy around conceptually interesting and intellectually challenging topics. We also know that learners whose lives, perspectives, and experiences are reflected in critical ways in what they are learning about and the texts they explore and create can transform the classroom into a rich and powerful space where youth take the lead in their own learning.

In this course, we will explore what it means to be a content-based language teacher with heritage and bilingual learners. We will do this through examples of teaching and learning through intra-ethnic studies and critical race theories. These include concepts like intersectionality, storytelling and testimonio, interest convergence, and indigenizing or truth & reconciliation pedagogies. We will work together for the first portion of the summer, then participants will do an independent study using a text of their choice and transform that into a unit of study that we will share with one another.


MUST have either taken or be concurrently registered in the Critical Approaches class, OR taken the Introductory class with CARLA.

6 week Certificate Course

Content-Based Instruction, Intra-Ethnic Studies, and Critical Race Theories with Heritage/Bilingual Learners  will be web-based, synchronous meetings (using Zoom, Google Classroom and Fipgrid).  Meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-7pm CST, with small group meetings based on student schedules. 

Summer 2019 Meeting Dates:

  • June 20, 25 & 27
  • July 2, 9 & 25
  • August 6, 8, 13 & 15


  • Required: Rethinking Ethnic Studies (2019) Eds: Cuauhtin, Zavala, Sleeter, & Au. Rethinking Schools. $24.95.
  • Optional: Critical race theory: An Introduction (Delgado & Stefancic. $10-$18)
  • Optional: An African American & Latinx History of the United States (Ortiz, 2018) $10-$19.
  • Optional: An Indigenous peoples’ history of the United States (adult or young people’s version) (Dunbar-Ortiz) $12-$30
  • Optional: An Introduction to Hmong Culture (Cha) $30
  • (Additional text of choice for independent study.  Participant's choice.)

Current UW-Whitewater students seeking graduate or undergraduate credit please register using WINS.

Non-UW-Whitewater students seeking credit please contact Carrie Lencho before registering at

If you have a non-teaching degree and are seeking initial teaching licensure, please before registering.

If you have teaching license and are seeking additional licensure in world (heritage) language education, please email before registering.

For More Information

If you have questions about the course, please contact:

Jenna Cushing-Leubner


Jenna Cushing-Leubner is an Assistant Professor in World Languages Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has spent the last six years working with teachers to create high school Spanish and Hmong heritage language programs and ESL classes that emphasize social justice, youth research, and transformative teaching.

Jennifer Eik is a licensed Spanish language and ESL teacher. She has developed and taught a high school Spanish as a Heritage Language program in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. She anchors her language teaching in intra-ethnic studies and social justic content, and focuses on developing young people who are strong in their multiple identities and backgrounds.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

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