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Professional Learning

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 public, charter, and non-public schools, as well as BOCES and RBERN employees.  These workshops qualify for CTLE credit for world languages. 

Upcoming OBEWL Workshops and Conferences for World Languages

Understanding Performance Indicators and Can-Do Statements by Bill Heller, Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Dr. Joanne O'Toole, (Zoom) Wednesday, August 11th, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., 1 hour of CTLE credit available


**All OBEWL workshops and conferences are offered free of charge to educators working in NYS schools.**

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.

Recordings of previously offered OBEWL workshops

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, (Zoom) Wednesday, July 21st, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., 1 hour of CTLE credit available


2020 Professional Learning

NYSED-ACTFL Virtual Learning Workshops

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.

Upcoming world language-related workshops and conferences hosted by other organizations

NYSAFLT-sponsored ACTFL OPI Familiarization workshop

Offered Exclusively to NYSAFLT Members, this virtual workshop, modified from the traditional in-person workshop and designed according to current research on virtual learning for adults, represents a 14-hour professional development experience. The workshop includes presentations by ACTFL CARD Director Dr. Margaret Malone, examples of ACTFL OPIs conducted by our certified testers, as well as quizzes and activities that will solidify your understanding of each major proficiency level. Intended for all language professionals, this virtual workshop familiarizes participants with the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, ACTFL Rating Scale, and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. This workshop will be asynchronous, but with a kick-off meeting (July 6) and two scheduled Zoom sessions conducted by a certified OPI workshop facilitator (July 13 and 20). Participants will receive a certificate stating that they have accumulated 14 hours of CTLE professional development. Workshop materials are provided electronically.  For more information, please visit the workshop site.


NYSAFLT Summer Institute

The NYSAFLT Summer Institute will be held virtually, Thursday July 29–Friday August 6, 2021.  Please visit NYSAFLT's website for more information.


NYSAFLT Annual Conference 2021

The NYSAFLT Annual Conference will be held from October 22-23, 2021 at the Holiday Inn Liverpool.  Please visit NYSAFLT's website for more information.


NYSAFLT Conferences Page