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World Languages

Using the NYSSB rubrics to Evaluate Culminating Projects & Presentations

Presenters:  Candace Black & David Mumper

Date & Time:  Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

1 hour of CTLE credit offered.

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents this sixth webinar in its 2023-24 NYSSB Professional Learning Series:  Using the NYSSB rubrics to Evaluate Culminating Projects & Presentations.  This webinar is offered free of charge for educators, counselors, and administrators working and studying in New York State educational institutions.

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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Registration process:  All participants are encouraged to pre-register for this event.  Pre-registration will close approximately 24 hours prior to the event; there will be no same-day registrations.  Once the registrant's email address has been verified as being from a New York State educational institution, an email confirming their registration will be sent.  Twenty-four hours prior to the event, all registered individuals will receive login instructions with the link to join the webinar.  Only pre-registered attendees will be eligible for a certificate documenting attendance and/or CTLE hours. 

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Additional webinars on the Seal offered this year will include:

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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.