We encourage World Language educators to take advantage of the variety of professional learning opportunities listed below. The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages provides monthly online workshops to assist educators in making the transition to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages. These workshops are offered free of charge to any teacher of a world language working in a NYS school, including district, charter, and non-public schools, as well as BOCES and RBERN employees. These workshops qualify for CTLE credit for world languages.
2022 World Language Professional Learning Series
Understanding Standards-Based Curriculum Planning, Thursday, May 19th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
**All OBEWL workshops and conferences are offered free of charge to educators working in NYS schools. Educators can earn CTLE credit by attending live events or viewing the recording and scoring at least a 7 out of 10 on a multiple-choice post assessment.**
In an effort to assure that as many educators as possible are prepared to revise their Checkpoint A curricula prior to implementation of the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages in September of 2023, OBEWL will host free collaborative unit design workshops in the summer of 2022 in nine regions of New York (Capital, Hudson Valley, Long Island, Mid-State, Mid-West, New York City, Northern NY, Southern Tier, and Western regions). Teachers can attend one or both days to work collaboratively with others who teach the same language to develop Checkpoint A unit plans aligned to the revised standards. The events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on each day with a one-hour break for lunch (not provided). A total of four (4) hours of CTLE credit will be awarded for each day attended. To participate, educators must register in advance using the following online form. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until the venue capacity has been reached. Regions, dates and locations for these events are listed below.
Dates and Locations by Region
Capital: Wednesday, June 29th & Thursday, July 28th, Questar III BOCES, 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton-On-Hudson, NY 12033
Hudson Valley: Thursday, June 30th & Wednesday, July 27th, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, NY 12561
Mid-State: Monday, June 27th & Tuesday, July 12th, OCM BOCES, 110 Elwood Davis Rd., Liverpool, NY 13088
Mid-West: Monday, July 11th & Tuesday, July 19th, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, 3599 Big Ridge Rd., Spencerport, NY 14559
Long Island: Thursday, July 14th &Thursday, July 21st, Western Suffolk BOCES, 31 Lee Avenue, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798
New York City: Friday, July 1st, Long Island City HS, 14-30 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106; Wednesday, July 20th, Brooklyn Technical HS, 29 Fort Greene Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Northern NY: Monday, July 11th, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, 20104 Arsenal St, Watertown, NY 13601
Southern Tier: Wednesday, July 13rd & Monday, July 25th, BT BOCES, Johnson City Learning Center, 500 Main St, Johnson City, NY 13790
West: Monday, July 18th & Tuesday, July 26th, Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224
All OBEWL workshops for world languages are recorded for on-demand viewing. Click the link below to check out the recordings available. All recordings are accompanied by multiple post-assessments that world language educators can take to earn CTLE credit based on a score of at least seven correct answers to 10 questions.
2022 Professional Learning Series
Understanding Vocabulary Development in Standards-Based Teaching by Dr. Joanne O'Toole, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Bill Heller (January 13, 2022)
Understanding the Role of Grammar in Proficiency Development Parts 1 and 2, by Dr. Joanne O'Toole, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Bill Heller (February 24th & March 3rd, 2022)
Understanding Standards-Based Lesson Planning, by Dr. Joanne O'Toole, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Bill Heller (March 31st, 2022)
2021 Professional Learning Series
Embedding Authentic Resources into Lesson Plans by Leslie Grahn (January 20, 2021)
From Skills to Modes - Standard 1: Interpretive Communication by Dr. Joanne O'Toole (March 10, 2021)
From Skills to Modes - Standard 2: Interpersonal Communication by Bill Heller (March 24, 2021)
From Skills to Modes - Standard 3: Presentational Communication by Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez (April 7, 2021)
From Skills to Modes - Part 4 - Planning for Learning: Integrating the Modes of Communication by Laura Terrill (May 19, 2021)
From Facts to Functions - The Cultures Standards by Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez and Dr. Joanne O'Toole (June 9, 2021)
Understanding Checkpoint Proficiency Targets by Bill Heller & Dr. Joanne O'Toole (July 21, 2021)
Understanding Performance Indicators and Can-Do Statements by Bill Heller & Dr. Joanne O'Toole (August 11, 2021)
Understanding NYS World Language Themes & Topics by Bill Heller, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Dr. Joanne O'Toole (September 28, 2021)
Understanding Unit Planning with the Revised NYS World Language Standards - Part 1 by Bill Heller, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Dr. Joanne O'Toole (October 26, 2021)
Understanding Unit Planning with the Revised NYS World Language Standards Part 2 - Checkpoint A with Rebecca Blouwolff (November 9, 2021)
Understanding Unit Planning with the Revised NYS World Language Standards Part 3 - Checkpoint B with Lisa Shepard (November 30, 2021)
Understanding Unit Planning with the Revised NYS World Language Standards Part 4 - Checkpoint C with Regina O'Neal (December 7, 2021)
2020 Professional Learning
The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages is proud to present a free series of Virtual Learning Workshops aligned to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages, adopted by the NYS Board of Regents in March of 2021. This series is designed exclusively for world language educators working at schools within New York State. Click here for more information and to register for the these workshops. These workshops will be available for on-demand use through the full implementation of the revised standards (2029).
Curating Authentic Resources for the World Language Classroom by Leslie Grahn (November, 3, 2020)
Professional learning is also provided by a number of partner organizations, including the two statewide world language organizations - NYSAFLT (the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers) and NYSAWLA (the New York State Association of World Language Administrators), as well as regional organizations within our state. Click the link below to explore these learning opportunities.
The World Language Leadership Council was created to provide a regular forum for world language educators and administrators to discuss and share their questions, concerns, and suggestions with NYSED. The Council will also serve as an additional means of communicating information and initiatives regarding world language programs to the field, complementing our professional learning offerings, website, and newsletter. Teachers, including those who serve as the world language department chairperson, and administrators who serve as a director of world languages may join. We ask you to limit membership in the Council to one person per school plus a district-level employee, if desired. The Council will meet virtually (via Zoom), for one hour on one Monday of the month from September to June. Attendance at meetings is completely voluntary and CTLE credit will be awarded on a semester basis for those meetings attended. Interested educators should complete this brief Google form with their name and contact information. Links to join the meetings will be sent out on a rolling basis as forms are received. All meetings for 2021-22 will be on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.