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2022 Needs Assessment Survey

As we continue our preparation to implement the revised New York State Learning Standards for World Languages (2021), we are asking world language educators and the administrators that support them to complete a survey that will provide us the information we need to provide the necessary support in transitioning to these standards.  With about a year until the initial implementation, the professional learning of world language educators and the transition to the new standards will be done gradually. The priorities that respondents identify on this survey will support our goal to create learning opportunities and resources that are useful to educators, both short- and long-term, and in a range of teaching and learning contexts.

This survey has between 18 and 19 questions and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.  Responses are anonymous.  The survey will be open from September 1, 2022 through the close of business on September 30, 2022.  Please submit any questions about the survey to Candace Black, World Language Associate at candace.black@nysed.gov, or Dr. Joanne O’Toole, NYS World Languages Standards Initiative Principal Investigator at joanne.otoole@oswego.edu.

Click here to access the survey.

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. 

Upcoming OBEWL Webinars, Workshops, and Conferences for World Language Educators

2022 World Language Professional Learning Series

OBEWL is proud to release the following schedule of professional learning workshops beginning in September 2022 for the first semester of the upcoming school year.

**All OBEWL webinars 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.**

2022-23 NYSED Facilitator Book Study - High Leverage Teaching Practices, Vol. 1

2022-23 NYSED Facilitator Book Study - High Leverage Teaching Practices, Vol. 1

The 2022-23 Facilitator Book Study for High Leverage Teaching Practices, Vol. 1 is sponsored by the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Association for Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).  NYS world language educators from district, charter, religious, and independent schools, as well as administrators who supervise world language departments, are encouraged to participate.

NYSED is seeking three to five NYS world language educators or administrators from each of the seven regions of New York that would like to participate in the 2022-23 Facilitator Book Study on High Leverage Teaching Practices, Vol. 1.  This book study will meet nine times via Zoom from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 20th
  • October 18th
  • November 15th
  • December 20th
  • January 17th
  • February 14th
  • March 21st
  • April 25th
  • May 23rd

Participants may earn up to 27 hours of CTLE credit (1.5 hours for each of 9 meetings and 13.5 hours for reading the book and preparing for meetings), provided they attend at least 8 of the 9 meetings.  The book, High Leverage Teaching Practices, Vol. 1, will be distributed to all participants, free of charge, in late September.

Participants in this book study will be encouraged to consider facilitating a book study on this same book in the 2023-24 school year with a partner from this year's book study, using the materials developed by NYSED.  Significant training and guidance will be provided in this year's book study for those interested.  There is no cost to participate in this book study.

Please contact Candace Black via phone (585.356.0951) or email (candace.black@nysed.gov) with any questions regarding this book study.

To register for this book study, click here.

To download the flyer for this book study, click here.

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

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)

Preparing for Standards-Based Curriculum Planning, by Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Dr. Joanne O'Toole, and Bill Heller  (May 19th, 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

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.

World Language Leadership Council

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.  Membership is open to teachers of world languages, department chairpersons, administrators, and school counselors.  The Council will meet virtually (via Zoom) for one hour on one Wednesday 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.  Previous members of the World Language Leadership Council do not need to re-register.  Links to join the meetings will be sent out on a rolling basis.  All meetings for 2022-23 will be on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Meeting dates

  • September 14th
  • October 12th
  • November 9th
  • December 7th
  • January 11th
  • February 8th
  • March 8th
  • April 26th
  • May 24th
  • June 7th
Upcoming world language-related workshops and conferences hosted by other organizations

New York State Association for Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) Annual Conference, "Reflecting, Regrouping, Realigning with the World Language Standards", Hyatt Regency and Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY, October 21-11, 2022

NCSSFL Annual Business Meeting, Boston, November 15-17, 2022

ACTFL 2022, Boston, November 18-20, 2022