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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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NYSED-OBEWL is organizing a conference for New York City World Language Teachers on June 4, 2020 (Chancellor’s Day).  We anticipate about 500 attendees and would like to enlist your help to solicit workshop proposals for this event.  Would you be so kind as to distribute the following to your networks?


Thank you for your assistance in distributing this information.






** Call for Proposals **

NYSED-OBEWL NYC World Language Conference - June 4, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Long Island City High School (NYC)

Conference offered at no charge – includes breakfast refreshments, a full lunch and 6 hours of CTLE credit.


If you have an idea for a workshop that you would like to present at this conference, please submit your proposal using the following online link.  Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis from 2/23/20 – 3/14/20.  Attendance at this conference is anticipated to exceed 500.  We will offer three (3) sessions (A, B, C) with 10 workshops during each session.  Our conference facility has classrooms that can accommodate workshops of 30 attendees as well as larger rooms that can accommodate up to 100.  All rooms are SmartRooms with a laptop, screen and projector, although presenters may choose to bring their own laptops.  We ask that presenters be willing to offer their workshops twice during the conference to enable flexibility in the schedule.  For the first time, we will be offering a Bilingual Strand of workshops in Spanish.  If you would be willing to offer your workshop once in English and once in Spanish, please indicate this on the workshop proposal form.


Funding for travel expenses for presenters coming from more than 90 miles away from the conference venue may be available.  Please contact Candace Black ( – 585.356-0951) for more information.



Candace R. Black

Associate in Instructional Services

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

New York State Education Department

89 Washington Avenue – EB505

Albany, NY  12234

Office:  (518) 473-7505

Mobile:  (585) 356-0951





2020 CARLA Summer Institute Program for Language Teachers

It is time to sign up for a CARLA summer institute! Join the more than 6,300 language educators who have participated in this acclaimed professional development program.
Register now!
Register by April 24 to save $50.

CARLA offers a wide range of institutes targeted at foreign/world language, ESL/EFL, heritage language, and immersion educators from a variety of teaching levels and contexts. Each institute is highly interactive and includes discussion, hands-on activities, and networking. Check out the full line-up of CARLA summer institutes below or online.

Transitioning to Teaching Languages Online
June 22–July 20, 2020


Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning
June 29–August 2, 2020

Secondary Dual Language and Immersion: Achieving the Promise of Continuation Programs—New!
June 22–24, 2020


Assessing Language Learners’ Communication Skills with Communicative Performance Tasks
July 13–17, 2020

Creativity in the Language Classroom
July 13–17, 2020

Foreign Language Literacies: Using Target Language Texts to Improve Communication
July 13–17, 2020
Using Technology in Second Language Teaching–Online Option!
July 20–24, 2020


Meaningful Portfolio Implementation–New!  
July 20–24, 2020

Critical Approaches to Heritage Language Education
July 20–24, 2020

Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
July 27–31, 2020

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 27–31, 2020

Teaching World Languages and Cultures in Elementary Settings
July 27–31, 2020

Information and Registration
•    Find information about each institute
•    Register by April 24 to save $50!

Improving language teaching and learning

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota is a research and resource center devoted to improving language teaching and learning.



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Queridos compañeros:
Por fin se ha publicado el número 27 de nuestra revista Materiales para la enseñanza multicultural, correspondiente al año 2019. Podéis consultarlo en este enlace:
Os recomiendo que difundáis la revista entre vuestros contactos, y, dentro del grupo de comunicación, que anunciéis la publicación a los autores de las unidades seleccionadas, así como a las diseñadoras de la portada (cuyos datos figuran en la contraportada).
Un cordial saludo ,



Check out our final 18 songs! 

Here is a quick recap of what we have accomplished leading in to Locura de Marzo 2020. If you are unsure what Locura De Marzo is, it is a song tournament in March with students from all across the country and world casting their vote! We started with 170 suggested songs, and we are down to our final 18!

1. We started with teachers suggesting songs through most of 2019.

2. We removed suggested songs that had been part of past Locuras.

3. A committee of teachers reviewed the songs and narrowed that list down to 60. The removed songs with inappropriate lyrics and scored the songs on a rubric. The rubric included categories in regards to song relevancy, if students would connect with it, cultural and female representation, etc.

4. Teachers on Facebook chose 36 songs to move on for a final teacher vote.

5. Teachers voted again for 16 songs to advance. Based on those votes, we chose 16 songs

6. Students chose  2 additional songs last week to add to our field of 16. 

Check out our final 18 songs here:

Want to be a part of our 2020 Locura De Marzo promo video? Click here for more info!


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From: Margaret Borowczyk <>
Date: Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Georgetown Seal of Biliteracy Survey

Hello colleagues,


The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at Georgetown is conducting a nationwide survey about Seal of Biliteracy implementation and we would love your help in disseminating the survey. Would you be able to share the survey through your listservs and/or social media? Included below are two suggested messages to share. The first blurb below is designed for listservs/emails, while the second blurb is designed for Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to include an image, you could use the Seal of Biliteracy logo or the AELRC logo, both attached to this email.


If you are willing to share this content, we ask that you please do so by Friday, Jan. 24.


We would also like to invite  you to take the survey yourself, to share your experiences and expertise.



The Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at Georgetown is conducting a nationwide survey about a new initiative you may have heard of called the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by some states to graduating seniors who show that they can proficiently use two languages (see this website for more details: We hope that our research will help policymakers understand what works and what doesn’t about this new initiative. 


If you are an educator involved in implementing the Seal of Biliteracy, we would like to invite you to participate in the survey to share your opinions, experiences, and ideas about this new policy. The survey will take roughly 15 minutes to complete. Your information will be kept confidential to the best of our ability. We hope to have your perspective included. Thank you!

Are you an educator involved in implementing the Seal of Biliteracy? We want to hear from you! Our colleagues at @AELRCDC invite you to participate in a survey to share your opinions, experiences, & ideas about this new policy. ~15 minutes to complete.
Thank you! Please let us know if you have any questions,
Meg Malone, Ph.D. and Margaret Borowczyk
Margaret Borowczyk
Department of Linguistics
Georgetown University






Advocates from Massachusetts outside Senator Markey's office

On November 21, nearly 300 language education activists, including ACTFL leaders and representatives of state, regional, and national language education organizations from 46 U.S. states, amassed on Capitol Hill to advocate for critical policies that promote language learning at all levels of instruction.


The event, known as the Assembly of Advocates, was the first of its kind sponsored by ACTFL.

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Become a language proficiency rater

ACTFL and its test delivery partner, Language Testing International (LTI), are recruiting consultants to become paid raters for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc) in English, Korean, and Vietnamese. Selected applicants must be able to complete an online certification workshop that ACTFL will host in December 2019.




ACTFL is seeking raters for the 2020 AAPPL in the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Thai. Raters should have experience as World Language educators. The deadline for applications is January 3rd, 2020.






This position is an integral part of the ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research, & Development. A program manager in the ACTFL ILR Research and Assessment Program manages contract-based projects-- typically ILR-based, employs innovative methods and approaches, along with team members, to maintain ILR tester and rater readiness and ensure the quality of ACTFL’s gold standard ILR testing program across all modes of communication. This position also facilitates workshops & norming sessions, conducts program-based research and data analysis, co-authors proposals in response to performance work statements about ACTFL while actively and energetically contributing to the formation of the intellectual vision and scope of ACTFL’s ILR research and assessment program.

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Rutgers University, in partnership with ACTFL, is pleased to offer an online course on multiliteracies led by Professor Heather Willis Allen (University of Wisconsin-Madison) this Spring 2020 semester, the second in a series of three courses. This course explores how a multiliteracies approach can inform the assessment of language learning in K-16 instructional contexts, with the goal of applying conceptual knowledge of the multiliteracies approach to creating assessment materials for classroom use. One graduate credit will be awarded upon completion of this course.

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Registration for JNCL Language Advocacy Day 2020 is now open! Join the Joint National Committee for Languages and language advocates from around the country to let representatives know that "multilingualism is the future." Register now for early bird pricing and save!

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From: Lori Langer de Ramirez <>
Date: Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 12:28 PM
Subject: Best practices institute in Honolulu - July 6-9

Aloha, friends! 
Attached and below is info about a summer institute for K-12 language teachers that I will be offering in collaboration with Dr. Helena Curtain and the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii in July. Please feel free to share this far and wide with your language teaching colleagues. 
Lori Langer de Ramirez
WHAT?    4-day institute: Best Practices in Joyful Language Teaching and Learning 
» Research-based core practices
» Proficiency-based teaching & Standards
» Strategies for deep and rich student learning
» Effective curriculum design and development
» Authentic cultural materials in the classroom
» Thematic planning & performance assessments
» Storytelling and folktales as cultural texts
» Digital tools for language teaching
» Working with novice learners
WHO?       This intensive institute is designed for novice and veteran K-12 teachers of all languages. 
Attendees will: be exposed to cutting edge methodologies in language
teaching and learning from experienced scholars and practitioners in the field; utilize practical tips and tactics that can be applied to their classes; design and develop sample lesson and curricular plans for use in their home schools; network with colleagues from across the U.S. and around the world in a friendly and scholarly setting.
WHEN?    July 6-9, 2020
WHERE?  The Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
HOW?       Register online by February 28: 



The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages of the New York State Education Department is proud to present a series of three professional development workshops:  Implementing New York State Standards for World Languages - Supporting Learners on the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy, facilitated by ACTFL presenters to support the transition to the revised New York State Standards in World Languages.

These three full-day workshops are open to any New York State (NYS) World Language Teachers or Administrators.  They are offered free of charge and will be held in each our of 7 regions of New York (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island - see locations below) from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  A total of five (5) CTLE hours will be granted for attendance at each workshop.  While this a related series of workshops, participants may choose to attend one, two or all three, depending on their professional development needs.  For detailed workshop descriptions, dates, locations and presenter information, click on the appropriate link(s) below.

Workshop 1:  Focusing Learning through Standards and Can-Do Statements

Workshop 2: Developing Proficiency through High-Leverage Teaching Practices

Workshop 3: Designing Effective Units of Instruction

Workshop Locations

Albany – Questar III BOCES

Buffalo – Erie 1 BOCES Educational Campus 

Hudson Valley – SUNY New Paltz

Long Island – Western Suffolk BOCES

NYC – Fordham University (Lincoln Campus)

Rochester – Monroe 2 BOCES

Syracuse – OCM BOCES (Liverpool)


Lea Graner Kennedy was the 2016 Supervisor of the Year for the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL). Lea is a French and Spanish teacher and administrator with Stonington Schools (CT) and also serves as a world language consultant working with many districts. Lea is on the board for NADSFL, CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT) and currently serves as the President of COLT. Lea was the NECTFL (Northeast Conference) Emerging Leader named to participate in a two-year cohort through the national Leadership Initiative for Language Learning (LILL) program. Lea recently has provided several workshops for ACTFL, supporting language educators examining their practices to become even more effective.

Greta Lundgaard has been involved in world language education for over 30 years, 15 years as a German/Biology/English teacher and 15 years as a district supervisor. Greta was named the NADSFL Supervisor of the Year in 2014, received the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in K-12 Education in 2016, and in 2017 was awarded the Ludwig Award for Leadership in World Language Education by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.   She has served both on the Board of Directors and as President of the Texas Association for Language Supervision, the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages, and the Southwest Conference of Language Teaching.  Currently Greta facilitates professional development workshops for ACTFL, supports implementation, professional development, and outreach for STARTALK, and consults with state organizations, schools and school districts on world language professional learning and curriculum development projects.  

Paul Sandrock directs ACTFL’s professional development and initiatives around standards, curriculum, instruction, and performance assessment.  While at ACTFL, Paul has facilitated the revision of the national World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements, and before that was a member of the original Integrated Performance Assessment development team. Previously, Paul was Assistant Director of Content and Learning at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), coordinating the areas of English language arts, mathematics, international education, and world languages. He earlier served as the Wisconsin DPI statewide consultant for world languages. Paul taught Spanish for 16 years in middle school and high school and authored The Keys to Assessing Language Performance as well as Planning Curriculum for Learning World Languages. Paul previously served ACTFL as a board member and president and received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12.

Laura Terrill taught French at all levels for 21 years before becoming the Coordinator of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language and then Director of Curriculum in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. She has taught methods courses at Washington University in St. Louis and at Butler University and IUPUI in Indianapolis and continues to present frequently at the state, regional and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors for Central States and ACTFL. She is the recipient of the Founders Award for Central States and has been named a NADSFL District Supervisor of the Year. She is currently working as an independent consultant, has served STARTALK in a variety of roles, and leads numerous workshops and projects for ACTFL.



Candace R. Black

Associate in Instructional Services

Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

New York State Education Department

89 Washington Avenue – EB505

Albany, NY  12234

Office:  (518) 473-7505

Mobile:  (585) 356-0951

Greetings to all of our colleagues and friends around the Northeast region and beyond!
It's time to start finalizing your plans to attend NECTFL, which is coming up soon! The complete preliminary program is available on our website. We're sure you'll agree that there are so many top-notch workshops and sessions, you won't know where to begin in planning your schedule!
Languages for All: Envisioning Language Learning Opportunities for Every Learner
Chairperson, Nathan Lutz
Preliminary Program
Click on the button to the right to view our preliminary program. A complete program and guide to sessions will be available this fall. For basic planning purposes:
Thursday: Pre-conference workshops
Friday and Saturday: Sessions, exhibits, awards, and keynote.
Keynote Speaker
Dr. José Medina
Dr. José L. Medina is the founder and Chief Educational Advocate at Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions. Prior to establishing the boutique educational consulting firm, Dr. Medina was a Scientific Researcher and the Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC. José provides dual language technical assistance, professional development, and job-embedded support to dual language programs across the United States and globally. He is a former dual language school principal and has served as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Medina co-authored the third edition of the widely-used Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education and is the developer of the C6 Biliteracy Framework, a lesson planning framework specifically designed for educators serving in dual language settings.
2020 Conference Scholarship Information
All details available at under "Scholarships."
New Teacher Mentor/Mentee Scholarships
Thanks to very generous grants from Vista Higher Learning and from the NYS Statewide Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN) at NYU, NECTFL is pleased to announce 20 scholarships for new teachers (1-5 years experience) and 20 partial stipends for experienced “mentor” teachers (7+ years of experience) to attend the 2020 Northeast Conference. DEADLINE: December 2, 2019.
Scholarship for a professional development course in Germany
Are you a German teacher and AATG member? Apply for a Goethe-Institut scholarship for a professional development course in Germany in 2020! Deadline: Friday, December 2.
NECTFL Future Language Educator Scholarship - $1000
NECTFL is pleased to announce the NECTFL Future Language Educator Scholarship. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a future language educator from the NECTFL region to be used during the semester/year devoted to student teaching (graduate or undergraduate). The recipient will receive one night hotel stay and a complimentary registration to the NECTFL conference to accept the award. Deadline for submission: December 13.
NY Hilton Midtown
Thursday, February 13–Saturday, February 15, 2020
The New York Hilton Midtown is now accepting reservations for our event. The 2020 conference rate is $232 per night (single or double) plus taxes & fees. Cut-off Date: January 13, 2020
Registration is open. Early Bird rates are in effect through December 2. Register early for our best rates!
NECTFL Advisory Council
If you're not currently a member of the NECTFL Advisory Council, you might consider it! Visit our website for complete details.
Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
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From: Organic World Language <>
Date: Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 6:03 PM
Subject: Summer Dreams! Check Out OWL'S 2019 Bootcamp Locations!
To: <>

Four Incredible Locations, Four Not to Miss Opportunities!

Our 7th Annual OWL Summer Bootcamp is a time to make invaluable connections with other educators across the country, have fun and grow in your practice! We will spend an entire week together sharing our successes and challenges, looking at student work, developing assessment rubrics, conquering ropes course activities together (that can later be used in class!) and having a blast while focusing on student learning and growth.


Southwest Bootcamp 

June 9- June 14, 2019

Overlooking Galveston Bay, the Kemah Boardwalk features themed restaurants, retail shops, and amusements for the whole family.This 35-acre carnival-like atmosphere has a 36-foot carousel, a 65-foot Ferris wheel and rides like the Aviator and the Boardwalk Tower. Don't miss the arcade and Midway games. And for thrill seekers, there's the Boardwalk Beast, an adrenaline rush of a boat ride that takes passengers four miles into Galveston Bay at speeds up to 40 mph. 

Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, The Kemah Boardwalk is a great coastal getaway, and home to our Southwest Bootcamp! Don't miss it!
Southwest Bootcamp 2019

West Coast Bootcamp 2018

June 23- 28, 2019

Tacoma + Pierce County is a place for people unafraid to trek through the woods of Mount Rainier in the rain, fearless of breaking a sweat in the heat of the hot shop while blowing glass and resiliently tilling the soil that grows some of the world's best rhubarb.

From the Puget Sound waters to Mount Rainier and everything in between Pierce County communities are unique. Check out rhubarb pie in Sumner or antiques in Puyallup. Maritime can be found in Gig Harbor, while majestic gardens are in Lakewood. Discover history in Fife or connect with nature at Mount Rainier. With each just a car-ride away from Tacoma's glass art scene, it's easy to go out and explore.

West Coast Bootcamp 2019

Midwest Bootcamp 

July 28- August 2, 2019

It's hard to know what to gawk at first. High-flying architecture is everywhere, from the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry's swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright's stained-glass Robie House. Whimsical public art studs the streets; you might be walking along and wham, there's an abstract Picasso statue that's not only cool to look at, but you're allowed to go right up and climb on it. For art museums, take your pick: impressionist masterpieces at the massive Art Institute, psychedelic paintings at the mid-sized Museum of Mexican Art or outsider drawings at the small Intuit gallery.

Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness.

Midwest Bootcamp 2019

East Coast Bootcamp 

August 4 - August 9, 2019

Take a walk through history at the Fire island Lighthouse with a Lighthouse Keeper. Visit the Keeper’s Quarters, historic boathouse and Fresnel Lens Building from a Keeper’s perspective. Tower tours reduced for those on the walk.

If there’s a single truth about Long Island, it’s that one adventure quickly leads to another. This great stretch of sand and surf, history and culture, culinary excellence and local farm stands is New York’s playground. You’ll find exceptional experiences here and you won’t always expect what you find. Long Island likes to surprise you in the best possible ways.


East Coast Bootcamp 2019

Got a question? Need some help getting there? Need to chat it up with a Bootcamper? CONTACT US! We want to support you in your proficiency journey! 

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You are receiving this email because you requested to subscribe or attended one of our workshops. We look forward to staying in touch with you! 

Our mailing address is: 
Organic World Language
PO Box 32
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Hello! This March 1 conference is for administrators, dept chairs, district supervisors or teacher leadership in curriculum. I am coordinating the conference. Please encourage admins to come. We want them to get the message! Stay tuned because I want to have live streaming for all and will send details as I get it. 
I also am planning a conference for June 6 for teachers. Save this date and aflyer will  follow. 
Thank you so much,
Dr. Jennifer Eddy 
PI: NYSED World Language Standards and PD Initiative 
Assistant Professor of World Language Education 
Queens College, CUNY 
Powdermaker Hall 150
Flushing, NY 11367
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