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One Department’s Journey Into the Standards

Original webinar date:  Tuesday, October 24th, 2023, 4:00—5:00 p.m.

Webinar description:  The World Languages team at East Irondequoit Middle School will share our exploration of the revised New York World Language Standards over the past three years. Participants will learn how through collaboration and even some failure, we developed new unit plans, adjusted assessments, implemented new instructional strategies, and created a culture of proficiency in our language classrooms. We will share our successes & challenges and give you some examples of how you can make the shift in your school.

Presenters:  Zoey Baird & Joshua Wigle-Harris

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 sends e-mail).

Webinar Summary

# of attendees:  130
# of CTLE certificates issued:  99
# of certificates of attendance issued:  31
# of organizations represented by attendees:  74 

117 participants from district schools
3 participants from charter schools
1 participants from non-public schools
3 participants from colleges or universities
5 participants from BOCES or RBERNs
1 participants from a government agency

Quotes from participants 

“Thank you, Zoey and Josh! That was extremely helpful!” ~ Carla O.

“Yes, such a great example of application within a department. Thank you!”  ~ Jenny-Lynn D.

“Thank you so much, it was really great to see exactly what you’ve been doing to make things clearer!! Mil gracias!!” ~ Heidi M.

“Zoey and Joshua, your workshop has been one of my favorites because you have shown practical examples, something teachers are always looking for. I will strongly recommend it to the teachers and administration I support in NYC. THANKS!” ~ Marisol M.


Zoey Baird is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester with a B.A. in Spanish and M.S. in Special Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ms. Baird is currently employed at East Irondequoit Middle School. She teaches both 7th and 8th grade Spanish. Zoey collaborates with special educators in an integrated co-teaching model to help meet the needs of all learners. As a newer educator in the field, she is continuously looking for ways to branch out and learn more in her field. A notion she promotes in her classroom is risk-taking and embracing the uncomfortable as a sign of growth. She has modeled this by presenting professionally several times over the past year.




Josh Wigle-Harris is a graduate of St. John Fisher College with a B.A. in Spanish and a M.S. in Special Education. He has taught at both the Gates-Chili and Wayne Central School Districts.  Currently, he is teaching Spanish and has served as the World Languages Curriculum Leader at East Irondequoit Middle School.   He loves working with students to develop a love for language and pushing them to take risks as they experience a new language and culture for the first time. He is a firm believer in providing students with an authentic experience in the classroom and promoting students' experiences of other cultures through travel. He serves as the NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Conference Co-Chair, is a member of the NYSAFLT Annual Conference Planning Committee as A/V Co-Chair, is a member of the NYSAFLT Awards Selection Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.  He is also part of the NYS World Language Leadership Council.  Twitter & Instagram: mrwigleharris