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Thinking Thematically Conference (6/8/23)

OBEWL is proud to announce an in-person conference for world language teachers and administrators on Thursday, June 8, 2023 from 8:30am-3:00pm at MS 104 Simon Baruch Middle School (330 E. 21st Street, NY, NY, 10010).  This full-day, in-person professional learning conference is offered free of charge for any world language teachers (pre- or in-service) or administrators working in a NYS school.  CTLE credit is available.  Click here to register.  

Date: June 8, 2023

Time: 8:30AM–3:00 PM

Location: MS 104 Simon Baruch Middle School (330 E. 21st Street, NY, NY, 10010)  Please note that the conference venue has stairs at all entrances and does not have a ramp or elevator.  The conference will take place on the 1st and 2nd floors.

This conference will provide educators with a deeper understanding of the 2021 New York State Learning Standards for World Languages and instructional resources and practices to help students move forward in their 21st Century World Languages journey.  Participants will leave with:

  • up-to-date information on the revised standards, implementation timeline, and resources to support them;
  • learning related to high-leverage teaching practices (ACTFL guiding principles, core practices); and
  • concrete classroom examples they can apply in their own schools.

Click here to download the conference flyer.

Keynote Speaker - Jessica Haxhi, Supervisor of World Languages, New Haven Public Schools

Jessica Haxhi has been the Supervisor of World Languages for New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut since 2013, overseeing 85 teachers and 8 languages.  She also loves teaching a Japanese class for juniors and seniors at James Hillhouse High School.  She was President of ACTFL in 2021 and is a past President of AATJ. She served on the NECTFL Board from 2006-2010, the ACTFL-NCSSFL Can-Do Statements Committee, and the CT COLT Board.  Previously, Jessica taught Japanese for 20 years and has taught world language methods at local universities in CT. She has received the Milken Family Foundation National Teacher Award (2002), the U.S.-Japan Foundation Elgin Heinz Outstanding Japanese Teacher Award (2008), and the International Women’s Day New Haven Award for Outstanding Public Service (2019).