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Getting Ready for Implementation of the World Language Standards: Administrators’ Perspectives

Presenters:  William Anderson and Shawnna Sweet

Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

1 hour of CTLE credit offered

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this next webinar in its 2023 Professional Learning Series:  Getting Ready for Implementation of the World Language Standards:  Administrators’ Perspectives.  This webinar is offered free of charge for world language administrators and leaders working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Webinar description:  This session will share experiences and lessons learned from two districts’ journeys toward implementation of the revised NYSED World Language Standards. Learn about effective and practical strategies to lead and support World Language educators as they incorporate the revised standards in their classrooms. Familiarize yourself with the resources created by the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages to guide curriculum alignment and instructional shifts.

Registration process:  All participants are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Pre-registration will close on May 8th, 2023; there will be no same-day registrations.  Once the registrant's email address has been verified as being from a New York State school, college, or university, an email confirming their registration will be sent.  Twenty-four hours prior to the event, all registered individuals will receive login instructions with the link to join the webinar.  Only pre-registered attendees will be eligible for a certificate documenting attendance and/or CTLE hours. 

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Webinar presenters:

William Anderson has been a NYS public school educator for over 30 years. He earned a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science and an M.S. Ed. in Foreign Language Education from Syracuse University. Bill earned his Educational Leadership credentials from SUNY Stony Brook. He is the K-12 Curriculum Associate for World Languages and English as a New Language in the Massapequa School District and the Director of World Language Education at Hofstra University. His leadership experience includes serving as the President of NYSAFLT in 2014, serving on the NECTFL Board of Directors from 2016-2019, and serving on the ACTFL Board of Directors from 2016-2018. He currently serves on the NYSED World Language Content Advisory Panel.

Shawnna Sweet is the Assistant Director for World Languages for the Greece Central School District, just outside of Rochester, NY.  She began her career in education as a teacher of English to Speakers of other languages (ESOL) in the Greece Central School District, and then worked as a professional development specialist with the Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN). Shawnna has also taught graduate courses in TESOL at Nazareth College and is the 2024 President Elect for NYS TESOL. She holds a B.A.in English with a minor in Secondary Education from St. John Fisher College, an M.S. in TESOL from Nazareth College, and Advanced Certificates in School Building and District Leadership from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.  She currently serves on the NYSED World Language Content Advisory Panel, Seal of Biliteracy Task Force, and ELL Graduation Task Force.