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World Languages

Understanding Unit Planning Part 4 - Checkpoint C

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents  "Understanding Unit Planning Part 4 - Checkpoint C".

Original workshop date:  Tuesday, December 7th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop Description:  The NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) compel educators to use “a range of diverse texts, including authentic resources”.  With this in mind and considering the state’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, this workshop will focus on moving learners from the Intermediate Mid to the Intermediate High level of proficiency, by way of maximizing student production in the classroom, using materials that highlight and celebrate the people and cultures of the African Diaspora. Special attention is given, but not limited to, how to engage students in the analysis of works of art and poetry created by artists of African descent, while using the target language.  The workshop will be presented in English with examples provided in Spanish.

Link to workshop flyer


Workshop Presenter:  Regina O’Neal has dedicated over twenty years to teaching. She currently teaches all levels of Spanish at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and serves as the World Language Department Chair. She is the advisor to two extracurricular clubs on her campus: Los Ingenieros- El club de la cultura hispana and the Cuauhtémoc chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society.  Through the work of her school clubs, Regina has served the Latino community of Baltimore by way of volunteering for various non-profit organizations like CASA de Maryland and the Esperanza Center.  Regina is an active member of several professional organizations including MFLA, NECTFL, AATSP, and ACTFL and is a regular presenter at conferences. She works closely with her school district and serves as a curriculum writer and professional development facilitator.  Regina lives in Baltimore with her husband of twenty-one years, Marquise and is the proud mother of seven beautiful children.



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 30th 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".


Workshop Summary  (Coming soon!)

# of attendees:  152
# of CTLE certificates issued:  113
# of certificates of attendance issued:  32
# of organizations represented by attendees:  
75 districts
117 schools
2 partner organizations
2 colleges & universities


Quotes from Participants of this Workshop

"Wow. This was so stirring; I feel very inspired by everything you shared Profile, O’Neal!” ~ Deirdre K.

"Super informative! lots of great ideas!"  ~ Lisa R.

"Amazing amount of information. Very inspirational."  ~ Rachel H.

"Love the push for the poetry." ~ Paolina F.

"Your passion for your profession is obvious! Your students are very lucky!" ~ Kimberly H.

"Thank you for the great inspiration. Your passion BEAMS!" ~ Gina T.