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NYSED-OBEWL 3-PD Series - Implementing New York State Standards for World Languages: Supporting Learners on the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy (Winter/Spring 2020)

 ** Please note that all regions are now at capacity for all workshops and we are not accepting any additional registrants on the waiting lists.  **  Turnkey training opportunities for all of these workshops in each region of New York State will be provided in the 2020-21 school year.  Stay tuned to this website in the summer of 2020 for more information. **

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages of the New York State Education Department is proud to present a series of three professional development workshops:  Implementing New York State Standards for World Languages - Supporting Learners on the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy, facilitated by ACTFL presenters to support the transition to the revised New York State Standards in World Languages.

These three full-day workshops are open to any New York State (NYS) World Language Teachers or Administrators.  They are offered free of charge and will be held in each our of 7 regions of New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island - see locations below) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A total of five (5) CTLE hours will be granted for attendance at each workshop.  While this a related series of workshops, participants may choose to attend one, two or all three, depending on their professional development needs.  For detailed workshop descriptions, dates, locations and presenter information, click on the appropriate link(s) below.

Workshop 1:  Focusing Learning through Standards and Can-Do Statements

Workshop 2: Developing Proficiency through High-Leverage Teaching Practices

Workshop 3: Designing Effective Units of Instruction


Workshop Locations

Albany - Questar III BOCES, 10 Empire State Boulevard, Castleton, NY  12033

Buffalo - Erie 1 BOCES Educational Campus, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca, NY 14224

Hudson Valley – SUNY New Paltz, 98 South Manheim Blvd, New Paltz, NY 12561

Long Island - Western Suffolk BOCES, 31 Lee Avenue, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

New York City - Fordham University, Lincoln Campus, 113 West 60th Street @ Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

Rochester - Monroe 2 BOCES, 3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY  14559

Syracuse - OCM BOCES, 110 Elwood David Road, Liverpool, NY  13088



Lea Graner Kennedy was the 2016 Supervisor of the Year for the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). Lea is a French and Spanish teacher and administrator with Stonington Schools (CT) and also serves as a world language consultant working with many districts. Lea is on the board for NADSFL, CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT) and currently serves as the President of COLT. Lea was the NECTFL (Northeast Conference) Emerging Leader named to participate in a two-year cohort through the national Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) program. Lea recently has provided several workshops for ACTFL, supporting language educators examining their practices to become even more effective.

Greta Lundgaard has been involved in world language education for over 30 years, 15 years as a German/Biology/English teacher and 15 years as a district supervisor. Greta was named the NADSFL Supervisor of the Year in 2014, received the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in K-12 Education in 2016, and in 2017 was awarded the Ludwig Award for Leadership in World Language Education by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.   She has served both on the Board of Directors and as President of the Texas Association for Language Supervision, the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages, and the Southwest Conference of Language Teaching.  Currently Greta facilitates professional development workshops for ACTFL, supports implementation, professional development, and outreach for STARTALK, and consults with state organizations, schools and school districts on world language professional learning and curriculum development projects.  

Paul Sandrock directs ACTFL’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment.  While at ACTFL, Paul has facilitated the revision of the national World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, and before that was a member of the original Integrated Performance Assessment development team. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the Wisconsin DPI statewide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.

Laura Terrill taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then Director of Curriculum in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. She has taught methods courses at Washington University in St. Louis and at Butler University and IUPUI in Indianapolis and continues to present frequently at the state, regional and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Central States and ACTFL. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States and has been named a NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year. She is currently working as an independent consultant, has served STARTALK in a variety of roles, and leads numerous workshops and projects for ACTFL.