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Orientation Webinars for Administrators

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

Dates & Times (This is a two-part webinar.  Participants must attend one part 1 session and one part 2 session of their choice.): 

Part 1 webinars - Tuesday, April 18  11:00am-12:00pm or Wednesday, April 19 1:00-2:00pm 

Part 2 webinars - Tuesday, April 25  10:00-11:00am or Wednesday, May 3  1:00-2:00pm

2 hours of CTLE credit offered

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents a two-part orientation webinar on the NYS Learning for World Languages for administrators.  These webinars are offered free of charge for administrators who oversee world language departments and who work in New York State educational institutions.

Webinar descriptions:  

Orientation Webinar for Administrators - Session I - This first session will provide an introduction to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) beginning with a brief summary of the key shifts required to successfully enact the revised standards. We will then outline the implications of these shifts on planning, instruction, and assessment, with particular emphasis on creating standards-aligned learning objectives consistent with proficiency targets at each checkpoint. The session will conclude with actionable recommendations for how administrators can support teachers preparing to enact the revised learning standards and an orientation to the World Languages Administrator Reference Guide.

Orientation Webinar for Administrators - Session II - This second session will build on the foundational principles outlined in Session I to highlight ten observable lesson planning elements and fifteen observable lesson instruction elements that are specific to World Language instruction. Correlations with these elements to the widely used Danielson and Marzano rubrics are provided in the Administrator Reference Guide. This session will end with a brief tour of the many tools and resources already available on the OBEWL website to facilitate professional development for your teachers, along with lesson, unit and curriculum planning aligned with the revised standards. 

Registration process:  All participants are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Pre-registration will close on April 16, 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. 

Link to registration form

Link to webinar flyer

Workshop 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.








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).












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 ( offers free materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.