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Getting Ready for Implementation for World Language Teachers

Presenters:  Dr. Joanne O’Toole, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Bill Heller

Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 30th, 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 for World Language Teachers.  This webinar is offered free of charge for world language administrators and leaders working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Webinar description:  With September 2023 fast approaching, the time has come for world language teachers to prepare to implement the Revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages. What steps can teachers take now to be ready and confident to enact the revised standards? What is the best starting place? In this session, presenters will offer practical advice, strategies, and resources that world language teachers at all levels can use to audit and align their curriculum and build capacity to confidently implement the revised learning standards. 

Registration process:  All participants are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Pre-registration will close on May 29th, 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:

Dr. Joanne O'Toole is a Professor of Modern Language Education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at SUNY Oswego. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSED World Languages Content Advisory Panel and the Principal Investigator of the NYS World Language Standards Initiative. Joanne has served in several world language leadership positions including NYSAFLT President and NECTFL Director, and is a regular presenter at national, regional, state, and local conferences. Joanne is a certified teacher of Spanish and taught Spanish for 16 years prior to entering post-secondary education. 

Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez began her language teaching career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City. Lori is the author of books, texts and articles about language teaching and learning and multicultural education. She presents workshops at local, regional and national conferences and works with teachers in schools throughout the U.S. and around the world. Her website (www.miscositas.com) offers free materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.

Bill Heller has taught in public elementary, secondary, community college and undergraduate classrooms for 40 years, including 24 years teaching Spanish at Perry High School. He has been a methods and Spanish instructor at SUNY Geneseo since 2001.  He is a frequent presenter of workshops, webinars and keynotes. Bill served as Conference Chair for the 2018 Northeast Conference (NECTFL) and is currently a member of the Executive Board and Content Advisory Panel for World Languages at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).