The New York State Education Department’s Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages in collaboration with Queens College presents “Key Shifts for World Languages in New York State”, a one-day professional learning opportunity for NYC DOE Administrators exploring shifts in world language curriculum, assessment, and instruction in New York State. Topics will include World-Readiness Standards, Can-Do Statements, and Integrated Performance Assessment. This workshop, facilitated by Mr. Paul Sandrock, Director of Education for ACTFL, will take place on March 1st, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Queens College, CUNY. Interested administrators should register at https://bit.ly/2MGQLmf.
The goal of the NYS World Language in the 21st Century conference was to provide teachers with instructional resources, tools, and models for updated practice on thematic, performance based curriculum and assessment design, aligned with national initiatives. Results of a 2016 survey uncovered an existing shift in practice from four skills to the three modes of communication, from checkpoints to can-do performance targets and from topics to expanded thematic planning for vertical alignment between levels, buildings and schools. At the same time, respondents expressed the need for more tools, resources, and professional development on all of the above. Full results of the survey will be presented in a future issue of the NYSAFLT Journal, written by Jennifer Eddy and Bill Heller.
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