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Orientation Webinars for Administrators on the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages

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:  Orientation for Administrators on the NYS Learning Standards for World Languages - Parts 1 and 2.  These webinars are offered free of charge for world language educators and administrators working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

Original dates & times:  Part 1 webinars - April 18 & 19, 2023; Part 2 webinars - April 25 and May 3, 2023

Orientation Webinar for Administrators - Session I - This first session will provide an introduction to the revised NYS Learning Standards for World Languages (2021) beginning with a brief summary of the key shifts required to successfully enact the revised standards. We will then outline the implications of these shifts on planning, instruction, and assessment, with particular emphasis on creating standards-aligned learning objectives consistent with proficiency targets at each checkpoint. The session will conclude with actionable recommendations for how administrators can support teachers preparing to enact the revised learning standards and an orientation to the World Languages Administrator Reference Guide.

Orientation Webinar for Administrators - Session II - This second session will build on the foundational principles outlined in Session I to highlight ten observable lesson planning elements and fifteen observable lesson instruction elements that are specific to World Language instruction. Correlations with these elements to the widely used Danielson and Marzano rubrics are provided in the World Languages Administrator Reference Guide. This session will end with a brief tour of the many tools and resources already available on the OBEWL website to facilitate professional development for your teachers, along with lesson, unit and curriculum planning aligned with the revised standards. 

Presenters:  Dr. Joanne O'Toole, Bill Heller, and Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez

Link to webinar flyer

Link to Handouts folder from webinar


Links to recordings of webinars 

Session 1

Session 2


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:

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. 

  1. 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.  
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (518) 473-7505 or at

Session 1 Post Assessments

Session 2 Post Assessments

Webinar Summary  (Coming soon!)

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# of CTLE certificates issued: 
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# of organizations represented by attendees:

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

Workshop presenters:

Dr. Joanne O'Toole is a Professor of Modern Language Education in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at SUNY Oswego. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSED World Languages Content Advisory Panel and the Principal Investigator of the NYS World Language Standards Initiative. Joanne has served in several world language leadership positions including NYSAFLT President and NECTFL Director, and is a regular presenter at national, regional, state, and local conferences. Joanne is a certified teacher of Spanish and taught Spanish for 16 years prior to entering post-secondary education.








Bill Heller has taught in public elementary, secondary, community college and undergraduate classrooms for 40 years, including 24 years teaching Spanish at Perry High School. He has been a methods and Spanish instructor at SUNY Geneseo since 2001.  He is a frequent presenter of workshops, webinars and keynotes. Bill served as Conference Chair for the 2018 Northeast Conference (NECTFL) and is currently a member of the Executive Board and Content Advisory Panel for World Languages at the New York State Education Department (NYSED).












Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez began her language teaching career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City. Lori is the author of books, texts and articles about language teaching and learning and multicultural education. She presents workshops at local, regional and national conferences and works with teachers in schools throughout the U.S. and around the world. Her website ( offers free materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.