• Institute Type: 3-week online—asynchronous with three required synchronous meeting times.
  • Target Audience: This institute is designed for K-12 and postsecondary world language faculty and administrators who work in and with heritage language programs and need to develop program evaluations. It is also relevant for postsecondary faculty in teacher preparation programs who need to prepare students for this work.

Evaluation is critical to understanding the outcomes of language programs. In conducting evaluation, it is important to take a comprehensive approach that considers the needs of learners and teachers, the requirements and capacities of administrators, parents and other stakeholders, the values of the discipline and the contributions of the program to the local, national and general society. This institute provides teachers, administrators, faculty in teacher preparation programs and other stakeholders an introductory approach to theory and practice to world language program evaluation, particularly in the field of heritage language, in the K-postsecondary context.

This engaging institute will use both scenario-based and actual participant contexts to explore the concepts discussed and to identify areas of potential success and challenge for implementation. Participants will first define program evaluation for their own contexts and consider the opportunities and challenges of heritage language programs. Next, they will learn to design a program evaluation for their own macro or micro contexts by setting goals, determining outcomes, and defining the instruments needed to conduct the evaluation. Participants will also utilize and adapt existing instruments or develop new instruments for their context. Finally, participants will learn how to best communicate, apply, and implement evaluation results to a variety of contexts.


Meg Malone Margaret Malone is Director of Assessment and Research at ACTFL, and co-leader of Practical Program Evaluation. She is the former Director of the AELRC and has over 30 years of experience in language education. Dr. Malone is well-versed in program evaluation, survey research, materials development, language test development, and professional development delivered through online and face-to-face platforms.

Celia ZamoraCelia Chomón Zamora is Director for Professional Learning and Certification at ACTFL and co-leader of Practical Program Evaluation. Dr. Zamora has over 15 years of experience as a K-12 language teacher and administrator, an instructor and administrator of postsecondary language courses, and a researcher of heritage language instruction.

Sponsorship Statement: This summer institute is generously co-sponsored and co-staffed by ACTFL.

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Section Title
Introduction to Practical Program Evaluation for Heritage Language Programs
Online, instructor led
Jun 24, 2024 to Jul 12, 2024
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Course Fee(s)
Section Details

June 24–July 12, 2024
Asynchronous 3-week online summer institute
Includes required synchronous meetings


  • This institute is primarily asynchronous (not real time). For the most part, you will work on activities according to your own schedule during the week but there are preset deadlines for activities. Instruction takes place only during the institute dates. Please send cancellation/refund request to carla@umn.edu.
  • You must keep up with assignments each week as they build on each other. Many assignments involve facilitation from the instructor and/or collaboration with other participants.
  • This institute includes three required check-in/discussion synchronous sessions: Tuesday, June 25; Tuesday, July 2; and Tuesday, July 9, from 8:30–9:30 a.m. (Central Time).
  • Make sure you can meet the tech requirements for this institute.

Refund Policy:

  • Written cancellation requests received on or before the Monday four weeks prior to the institute start date are eligible for a refund minus $50 processing fee per participant for each canceled institute.
  • Cancellations received on or before the Monday two weeks prior to the institute start date will be charged $100.
  • No refunds will be granted after the Monday two weeks prior to the institute start date. See exact refund dates on the refund information page.

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