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Using the NYSSB rubrics to Evaluate Culminating Projects & Presentations


Presenters:  Candace Black & David Mumper

Original webinar date & time:  Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

1 hour of CTLE credit offered.

Webinar description:  This webinar will take deep dive into the three modes of communication evaluated in the OBEWL rubric for the NYSSB Culminating Project and Presentation.  Performance descriptors will be unpacked into their core elements:  Function, Accuracy, Context, and Text Type, so that evaluators can identify the evidence for the demonstrated level of proficiency.  During this session, participants will work in small breakout rooms to evaluate portions of sample student work and presentations to calibrate their scoring. 

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Link to Handouts folders 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


Webinar Summary

# of attendees: 139
# of CTLE certificates issued: 88
# of certificates of attendance issued: 51
# of organizations represented by attendees:  92

128 participants from district schools

3 participants from charter schools

4 participants from non-public schools

2 participants from BOCES/RBERN

2 participants from a government agency

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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. 









David Mumper, M.S. E.d, is currently a Resource Specialist at the Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network at the Southern Westchester BOCES.  David has worked in secondary and higher education since 2001. He completed his Master’s degrees at Harvard University, City College of New York and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, earning degrees in philosophy, TESOL, and educational administration.  Mr. Mumper worked for the NYC Department of Education for nearly a decade, serving as an administrator, ELA and ESL teacher at the high school level. Currently, he focuses on supporting Hudson Valley school districts to create programmatic and instructional systems to best serve ENL students.