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Getting Ready for Implementation of the World Language Standards: Administrators’ Perspectives

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this next webinar in its 2023 Professional Learning Series:  Getting Ready for Implementation of the World Language Standards:  Administrators’ Perspectives.  This webinar is offered free of charge for world language educators and administrators working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Original webinar date:  Tuesday, May 9th, 2023, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

Webinar description:  This session will share experiences and lessons learned from two districts’ journeys toward implementation of the revised NYSED World Language Standards. Learn about effective and practical strategies to lead and support World Language educators as they incorporate the revised standards in their classrooms. Familiarize yourself with the resources created by the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages to guide curriculum alignment and instructional shifts.

Presenters:  William Anderson and Shawnna Sweet

Link to webinar flyer

Link to Handouts folder from webinar

Link to recording of webinar 

Link to post-assessments

To receive a certificate of completion (including a CTLE certificate), NYS educators must view the recording of the webinar (see link above) in its entirety and then answer at least seven out of ten questions correctly on the post assessment.  If the minimum required score (7 out of 10) is achieved, the educator will receive a certificate via email within an hour.  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.  Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.

Important notes:

  1. Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.  Credit will not be given for taking a single version of the post assessment more than once. 
  2. Credit will not be given for more than one passing score on any of the post assessments for a webinar (listed below) in a single academic year.  
  3. Educators may receive credit for viewing the webinar recording and passing a post assessment once in each academic year and are encouraged to take a different version of the post assessment on a yearly basis to review and test their knowledge of the webinar's content. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the individual educator to keep track of the information on the professional learning they complete each year, including the number of CTLE hours.
  5. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (518) 473-7505 or at

Webinar Summary  (Coming soon!)

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participants from district schools
participants from charter schools
participants from non-public schools
participants from colleges or universities
participants from BOCES or RBERNs
participant from a government agency

Webinar presenters:

William Anderson has been a NYS public school educator for over 30 years. He earned a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science and an M.S. Ed. in Foreign Language Education from Syracuse University. Bill earned his Educational Leadership credentials from SUNY Stony Brook. He is the K-12 Curriculum Associate for World Languages and English as a New Language in the Massapequa School District and the Director of World Language Education at Hofstra University. His leadership experience includes serving as the President of NYSAFLT in 2014, serving on the NECTFL Board of Directors from 2016-2019, and serving on the ACTFL Board of Directors from 2016-2018. He currently serves on the NYSED World Language Content Advisory Panel.

Shawnna Sweet is the Assistant Director for World Languages for the Greece Central School District, just outside of Rochester, NY.  She began her career in education as a teacher of English to Speakers of other languages (ESOL) in the Greece Central School District, and then worked as a professional development specialist with the Mid-West Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN). Shawnna has also taught graduate courses in TESOL at Nazareth College and is the 2024 President Elect for NYS TESOL. She holds a English with a minor in Secondary Education from St. John Fisher College, an M.S. in TESOL from Nazareth College, and Advanced Certificates in School Building and District Leadership from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.  She currently serves on the NYSED World Language Content Advisory Panel, Seal of Biliteracy Task Force, and ELL Graduation Task Force.