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Training Panelists to Evaluate Culminating Projects & Presentations

Presenters:  Candace Black & Dr. Jordan González

Original webinar date & time:  Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

1 hour of CTLE credit offered.

Webinar description:  Panelists must be trained in how to use the rubric to identify and discuss the acceptable evidence to justify the proficiency level attained by the student.  This webinar will discuss the process for recruiting and training panelists to evaluate Culminating Project and Presentations for the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, including working with school staff or community members who may not have a background in education.  During this session, participants will work in small breakout rooms to evaluate portions of sample student work, presentations, and recordings of panelists’ discussions following the presentations to identify high-leverage practices, as well as practices to avoid when calibrating scoring.  OBEWL’s annual process of visiting NYSSB schools to provide feedback and support will also be reviewed.

Click here to download the webinar flyer.

Link to Handouts folder from webinar

Link to recording


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 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 OBEWL at (518) 473-7505 or at


Webinar Summary

# of attendees: 115
# of CTLE certificates issued: 74
# of certificates of attendance issued: 41
# of organizations represented by attendees:  80

103 participants from district schools

2 participants from charter schools

3 participants from non-public schools

5 participants from BOCES/RBERN

2 participants from government agencies

For more information on the NYS Seal of Biliteracy, please visit our website or contact  

Webinar Presenters: 

Candace Black is the World Languages Associate in the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at the New York State Education Department.  She is currently leading the implementation of the revised NYS World Languages Standards and oversees the NYS Seal of Biliteracy program.  Candace graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in French from SUNY Potsdam and earned both her M.B.A., and M.A.T. from the University of Rochester. A National Board-Certified Teacher, Candace taught French for 21 years and served as an IB Diploma Coordinator. In 2021, she was the recipient of the President’s Award for both NYSAFLT and NYSAWLA and was elected as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French government.  In all her roles, most especially her current one, Candace is deeply committed to the professional learning and support of World Language teachers and the promotion of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy.  




Dr. Jordan González is an Administrative Coordinator and Lead Resource Specialist for the Long Island Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (L.I.RBERN).  He is a faculty member at St. John’s University Graduate Programs in TESOL and Bilingual Education and is on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE).  Dr. González started his career as an English as a New Language (ENL) and Spanish Heritage Language Arts (HLA) tenured teacher in New York City Public Schools.  He was later a tenured Director of Language Acquisition for Yonkers Public Schools where he initiated the district’s New York State Seal of Biliteracy program. His research interests include feedback for L2 writing development, trauma-informed pedagogies, and school systems development for Multilingual Learner success.