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Dear Colleague,
The Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese will be having its annual Gala on Saturday, April 16th at John Jay College.  
This year's gala will be dedicated to Guatemala.  There will be presentations on the country's history, culture and literature.  Our keynote speaker will be the Consul General Myriam De La Roca.
Teachers will be given PD credit certificates for their attendance.
There is more information about the gala and registration on the attached newsletter.
If you have any questions, kindly contact me at
Bernie López
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Are you ready for the fun? We are gearing up for our 12th season! It's hard to believe. but we keep moving forward, always better, always brighter! We have some BIG news to share with you! In response to  continued requests we have finally added Spanish to our repertoire and Connecticut to our locations. We are now more accessible than ever meeting more of your needs. We are thrilled! Andiamo avanti!   ¡Vámanos!
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To All Italian Teachers of Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties:



Attached please find the information on the two proclamations Ceremonies: 


1) The Westchester County Legislators Ceremony will take place on Monday, October 1st at 5:30pm. At  this ceremony only 17  students of Italian, one each from the 17  Westchester County Legislators  districts  will be recognized with an award.  They can be from a High School or Middle School.  Also there will be 4  $250.00 scholarships. You decide and select  and send us the name and address  of the student, the name of the teacher and  the name of the school with a 50 word recommendation by September 10. I would highly recommend that you decide next week before school is over which student you would like to recommend for the award and for the scholarship. The  student has to be present to receive the award and or the scholarship on  Monday, October 1st.    You have until September 10 to recommend your student. E-mail your recommendation and  information to


2) The Westchester County Executive Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30pm. See the attached flyer for further details. 

     At this ceremony, every Italian teacher from Elem, Middle School, High School and College, public and private  can recommend one student to receive an award from the Westchester County Executive, The Hon. George Latimer.  Also there will be 12 $250.00  John De Cicco Sr. scholarships.  The deadline to submit your recommendation to us will be September 20. I will need from you the name of the student, name of the teacher and name of the school.  For the scholarships , you need to send in addition to the name of the student, school and teacher, a 50 word recommendation .  The deadline is September 20. Mail the information to


The Westchester Coalition of Italian Americans is  very happy once again to co-sponsor the two events and we look forward to your participation and to hear from you .  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carlo Sclafani at 914-433-6073. My personal e-mail is :



Tantissimi saluti e buone vacanze!

Carlo Sclafani

Co-President of the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations

Please circulate the following information about this opportunity for technology integration professional development at SUNY New Paltz this summer.  There are various configurations of classes both face-to-face and hybrid.  Sessions begin the last weekend in May.
Education Interdisciplinary
Graduate Courses
CRN Course Sec Title Cr Dates Days Time   Instructor   Avail
277 EDI593 10 Using Technology to Teach a Variety of Learners 
HYB (meets only on Fri eve.5/25, all day 5/26 and 5/27 : remainder online)
3 5/23-6/27 F 0500P-0900P   Paul Rubeo   4
5/23-6/27 US 0830A-0500P   Paul Rubeo
278 EDI593 11 Using Online Tools to Design Effective Assessment HYB 3 7/9-8/12 R 0500P-0900P   Paul Rubeo   12
280 EDI593 12 Learning Management Systems in the K-12 Classroom HYB 3 7/9-8/12 F 0500P-0900P   Edward Spence   14
7/9-8/12 US 0830A-0500P   Edward Spence
279 EDI593 13 Creating a Digital Learning Space HYB 3 7/9-8/12 T 0500P-0900P   Daniel Roberto   12
275 EDI599 01 Creating an Active Learning Environment (1 CR) 1 6/20-8/8 F 0500P-0900P   Paul Rubeo   15
6/20-8/8 S 0830A-0500P   Paul Rubeo
282 EDI599 02 Basics of 3D Printing (1 CR) 1 6/20-8/8 M 0430P-0900P   Karen Bell   13
281 EDI599 10 Strategies for Improving Classroom Communication and Workflow (1 CR) 1 7/9-8/12 W 0500P-0900P   Daniel Roberto   15
274 EDI599 11 Beyond the Basics of 3D Printing (1 CR) 1 7/16-8/12 W 0430P-0900P   Karen Bell   15
Thank You!
-Paul Rubeo
Paul Rubeo
M.Ed., CAS Ed. Leadership SUNY New Paltz
Past President, Board of Directors 
New York State Computers and Technologies in Ed. (NYSCATE)

Hello Alexis,

It has been a long winter here in Massachusetts, but we have been busy at Breaking the Barrier. We have some exciting news to share.

Digital Textbooks are now available for all platforms for only $29.99!

Our new premium digital eBooks work on virtually any device including Chromebooks and iPads. Like our iBooks textbooks, our premium eBooks include hundreds of hours of embedded audio, stunning images, video, teaching capsules, and engaging student exercises that provide immediate feedback to learners.

With EdTech’s Shelfit eReader tools, teachers can extend these books even further by customizing them to meet their specific needs. Practically any type of content or media can be embedded and organized directly within these eBooks. Quizzes, images, YouTube videos, hyperlinks, audio files, and worksheets can quickly be added using the simple-to-use overlay feature. Our entire collection of Spanish, French, and English titles are available as eBooks on Shelfit Reader for $29.99. 


Click to learn more about the new digital offerings!


We are thrilled to be recognized with two product awards this month – in two different markets.

In the fall we announced the launch of LOL: Learn Other Languages, a new and innovative iMessage app that enables language learners to strengthen their vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills by sending and responding to conversation starters.  We are pleased to be selected as a finalist in the category of “Best Language Learning Solution” in the EdTech Digest Awards. Stay tuned to see if we win!

In the meantime, learn more and try out our fun new apps!               

 LOL App    EdTechDigest_CoolToolFINALIST (2)

We’re delighted and honored to announce that we have won the Best Homeschooling Resources & Curriculum award from With hundreds of nominations and rigorous criteria to win, we’re deeply grateful for this recognition and remain committed to supporting the homeschooling community with our language learning products

Best Homeschooling Curriculum & Resources Award (2)

Service Learning

We are believers in service learning and want to share information about a local, Boston-based non-profit, United Planet, which leads service learning trips across the globe for students, teachers, families and other groups. For sixteen years they have provided gap year, summer, alternative spring break, one and two semester programs and can customize certain programs to your needs.  We believe in their mission: “United Planet unlocks your potential as a global citizen, empowering you to create a more peaceful, cohesive and sustainable world. With partnerships all over the world, United Planet fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.”  There are a number of great trips planned for this summer. 


John and the Breaking the Barrier Team

John Conner
Author and Series Editor, Breaking The Barrier
Dean of Faculty, Groton School


No plans for the summer? Take a graduate course online to enhance your instructional skills! No time this summer? Our fall schedule has now been posted and includes courses in French, German, and Spanish! Our courses are fully accredited by our university partners.

Summer courses:

Art and Architecture of Latin America

Art and Architecture of Spain

Business & Professional Spanish for the Teaching Practitioner

Integrating French and Francophone Films into the L2 Classroom

Assessment in the World Language Classroom


Fall courses:

Advanced Spanish Grammar for L2 Educators

Technology in the World Language Classroom

Intercultural Integration in the L2 Classroom

Integrating German Films into the L2 Classroom

Advanced German Grammar for L2 Educators

Advanced French Grammar for L2 Educators


Visit us at or e-mail us to request a syllabus. We offer teacher discounts!



World Language PD, LLC


Teaching for Proficiency Institute 6/21 & 6/22

Sponsored by CT COLT and RIFLA at Stonington High School in CT


You are cordially invited by CT COLT and RIFLA to join us again this June for an amazing two-day workshop to improve student proficiency. With many states working to get the Seal of Biliteracy passed or implemented, we have a wonderful opportunity to give students recognition for their gains in proficiency.


Now is the time for all of us World Language educators to come together to explore more opportunities for instruction and assessment that lead to proficiency gains.  To that end, we would like to invite our colleagues in the region to learn with us and explore the beautiful Mystic, CT area.


Presenter: Gregory Duncan


Registration fee:

  • *Early Bird Registration (Submitted and paid before 4/13/18) CT COLT Members: $145  Non-Members: $175
  •  *Regular Registration (Submitted and paid on or after 4/14/18) CT COLT Members: $175  Non-Members: $205
  •  *Note that registrants from other state world language organizations in the NECTFL region will pay the $145 / $175 rate


More information?  Click to access this flyer, which includes a detailed agenda and paper registration.


To register online:  Click here


Included in the registration:

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days
  • Proficiency Party at the Kennedy House: appetizers & cocktails at the end of 1st day
  • Inspiration to improve your practice with dynamic educators from around New England

Mystic Hilton Hotel:


For those of you coming from out of the area, a block of rooms has been held for us at the Mystic Hilton. It is a 5-minute drive to the HS and situated in Mystic Village with restaurants and shops. More details to follow on lodging


Need a letter to share with your administrator about the importance of your attendance at this event? Click here


We look forward to seeing you there!  



Since 1968

Many Languages, One Voice




A very unique French singer-songwriter, on stage on your campus ! It's the right time to get this opportunity for next Fall. Eric Vincent ( will perform in your area in October-November 2018.

Cultural, poetic and fun, the concerts of this multi-talented artist are always a great success and make French come alive for your students. Eric has an amazing contact with his audience and this event is always a huge boost for the French program.

It's quite easy to organize a concert. I’ll be pleased to give you all the details concerning fees, schedule, and to answer any questions you may have about the organization of a concert.

Check out reviews by teachers and students who have attended Eric concerts at:

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Marie-Claude Barbin


Eric Vincent’s songs has been included in several major textbooks, most recently : "Discovering French Today": Blanc (Level 2) by Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) - "SAM Contacts: Langue et Culture Françaises, 9th edition" , by Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage)


M A D U R A - 11 Bd de la Bastille 75012PARIS/France-Tel: 33(0)143074434

Eric VINCENT web site -

CDs on line at: 


From: Stacy Giufre <sgiufre@GMAIL.COM>

Date: February 21, 2018 at 11:37:29 EST


Subject: Online Italian courses at UMass Amherst

Reply-To: Stacy Giufre <sgiufre@GMAIL.COM>


The Italian program at UMass Amherst will offer a number of courses online this summer:


Summer Session 1, May 21-June 29:


Beginning Italian 110, 3 credits  

Intermediate Italian 230, 3 credits

Italian 333, a 4 credit general education literature course taught in English


Registration begins March 12 and preview week access opens May 14.


Summer Session 2, July 9-August 17:


Beginning Italian 120, 3 credits

Intermediate Italian 240, 3 credits


Preview access begins July 2.


All courses are open to the public. Interested students can go to for more information or to register. Requests for more information can be directed to





Stacy Giufre

Lecturer of Italian

University of Massachusetts, Amherst






A short stay in the Île-de-France  

guest blogger Lisa DiGiacomo's experiences and encounters


Edible logs: The Bûche de Noël, a theatrical dessert for the holidays 


A White Christmas with Monet

Our review of a great illustrated children's book in French.


Three recipes and three books

to enrich your winter living


Bonne année et bonne santé!

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018.  We are excited to continue sharing our blog and newsletters with you in the year ahead.  If there are any particular topics that you would be interested in hearing more about, please let us know.  We are always eager to hear your suggestions.


Bien cordialement,


Suzie and Jonathan Ceci


Dear NYSAFLT colleague,


Please disseminate to all World Language/ LOTE teachers. We need feedback from all NYS regions for the NYSED PD initiative. 


Thank you,




Dear World Language Colleague,


You are being asked to participate in this research study because you are a World Language educator or teacher candidate. You are invited to participate in surveys on world language curriculum, assessment and instruction. This study aims to examine current World Language teacher preparation requirements, professional development, and the perception of new assessment paradigms from candidates placed at student teaching sites.


 The purpose of this research study is to gather feedback to inform the development of supportive materials for NYS World Language teachers and administrators and bridge the gap between skills of veteran in-service teachers and those more recently certified. Results of this survey will guide various professional development initiatives in order to address your needs in curriculum, assessment and instruction. Therefore, it is essential to seek feedback representing all stakeholders in the World Language (LOTE) profession across New York State. 


 If you agree to participate, you will be asked 30 questions that should take you no more than 15-20 minutes in an anonymous online survey. Your participation in this online survey is voluntary. Usernames or remote computer names will not be retained, stored, or used in data analysis or reporting by those involved in the data analysis and reporting. You can stop at any time by exiting the survey. The survey does not ask for any information that would identify who the responses belong to. 


If you are a CUNY student, your willingness to participate in this research study, or your request to withdraw from the research study, will not affect your grades or academic standing with CUNY. You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Investigator.


Thank you for your participation and feedback. 



Dr. Jennifer Eddy

Principal Investigator: World Language Pathways Curriculum and Assessment Initiative


Survey links:











Dr. Jennifer Eddy

Tenured Assistant Professor and Program Director of World Language Education 


Powdermaker Hall 150

Queens College, CUNY




Note:   Individuals seeking NYS teacher certification-related advice should note that SEYS faculty are not authorized to give such advice. Prospective students and those without a Queens College affiliation should contact NYS Department of Education ( for definitive information.  Current and former Queens College students should contact the State (  or the Teacher Certification Office on campus ( 





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A fabulous opportunity for you and your students !  French singer/songwriter Eric Vincent ( will be performing in New-Jersey, this Fall: 
• on Monday October, 24th, 2016 at  Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 (sold out).
• on Tuesday October, 25th, 2016, at 10:00am Montgomery High School, 1016 Route 601, Skillman, NJ To attend this morning concert with your students, please contact Madame Nathalie Bogen <>


Eric Vincent concerts are a huge boost for the French program...enriching and fun… Check out reviews by teachers at:
If you are too far and want to host Eric for a superb concert at your own school or university, let me know, we still have October 20th, available. 
I'll be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the organization of a concert and I’ll give you all the details about our sharing receipts formula, that allows you to host a concert without any budget.  
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Marie-Claude BARBIN
Eric Vincent’s songs has been included in several major textbooks, most recently : 
"Discovering French Today": Blanc (Level 2) by Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
"SAM Contacts: Langue et Culture Françaises, 9th edition" , by Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage)
If you want to be removed from my mailing list, click here with "unsubscribe" in the subject
M A D U R A - 11 Bd de la Bastille 75012PARIS-Tel: 33(0)143074434
Eric VINCENT web site -
CDs on line at: 

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