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World Languages

Understanding Unit Planning Part 2 - Checkpoint A

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this next workshop in its 2021 Professional Learning Series.  This online workshop, "Understanding Unit Planning Part 2 - Checkpoint A", is offered free of charge for world language educators and administrators working and studying in New York State schools, colleges, and universities.

Original workshop date:  Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop description:  Checkpoint A students deserve rich, engaging units that maximize target language use and build global awareness.  Learn to apply key principles of unit design to your setting.  Explore a case study of how a textbook chapter on the house can be transformed into a thematic unit about the tiny house movement and variations in global dwellings.  You will leave with a toolbox that supports you in transforming an existing unit or creating a new one.

Link to workshop flyer

Workshop presenter:  Rebecca Blouwolff has taught French at Wellesley Middle School in Massachusetts since 1998, but fell in love with middle schoolers while teaching English in France.  Novice students inspire her to create engaging, age-appropriate lessons focused on global awareness.  She served as the 2020 National Language Teacher of the Year, the 2019 MaFLA and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

Link to Handouts folder from workshop

Link to recording of workshop


Link to post-assessments (Coming soon!)

Those unable to attend the workshop on November 9th may earn CTLE credit by viewing the recording of the workshop (above) and then answering at least seven out of ten questions correctly on Post-Assessment #1 listed below.  For the convenience of our World Language educators, there are multiple versions of the post-assessment available should the required score not be achieved on the first attempt.  If taking more than one version of the post-assessment, participants must take them in order, starting with Post-Assessment #1.  If the desired score is not achieved, the participant may take subsequent post-assessments in order.  It is NOT permissible to choose which version of the post-assessment to take.  Credit will NOT be awarded to participants who take these post-assessments "out of order".

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Workshop Summary  (COMING SOON!)

# of attendees:  336
# of CTLE certificates issued:  264
# of certificates of attendance issued:  72
# of organizations represented by attendees:
156 districts
246 schools
7 partner organizations
3 colleges & universities

Quotes from Participants of this Workshop

“This was fantastic.  What a plethora of ideas/strategies/etc.” ~ Donyce M.

“I really appreciate that you have adapted a common theme/unit of study and brought it into the 21st century.” ~ Brenda M.

“Merci beaucoup pour cet atelier si inspirant!” ~ Jonatan D.

“Your students are fortunate to have you as their teacher.  Your passion and effort is so evident. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.  The presentation has been outstanding.” ~ Lucille M.

“Awesome presentation! Great scaffolding for Novice students.” ~ Huberte O.

“I want to be your student! Such an inspiration. Thank you for this amazing presentation.” ~ Andrea H.

“I’ve been using the TALK rubric for years but I love the concept of the    kindness as you shared it, especially with an SEL/social interaction component.” ~ Deirdre K.

“Thank you so much! Priceless!! YOU INSPIRE, Rebecca!” ~ Carla O.

“Rebecca, EVERY teacher of Checkpoint A should watch this webinar! YOU are probing that it is totally doable!” ~ Marisol M.

“Thank you for addressing assessment of interpersonal. Sometimes we gloss over that standard.  I am always looking for new and different ideas for how to assess this.” ~ Anna C.