Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 5:40 PM
Subject: Transitioning to the Revised NYS WL Standards
World Language Organizations of New York!
As you are aware, the New York State Education Department has revised its Standards for World
. Phase I of their implementation has begun. Phase 1 includes the "roll-out and building awareness of the revised standards and timeline for implementation; [and] professional
learning opportunities to prepare schools to transition to the revised standards."
In order to assist world language educators make a smooth and successful transition, the New York State
Association of Foreign Language Teachers' (NYSAFLT) Public Advocacy Committee and NYSED's Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) has created an infograph with step by step
We ask that you share this infograph
with your organization's membership. The infograph was carefully written to allow for awareness
and growth within a reasonable timeline. It is also important for our WL professionals to be well informed so that work completed will be guided and productive.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for all you do for our WL educators and their
Marie Campanaro and Barbara Patterson, co-chairs
NYSAFLT Public Advocacy Committee
NYSAFLT’s Public Advocacy Committee (PAC) have created three resources, which are geared
to a non-world language audience, for you to share with your district's decision makers. The resources can be found on the PAC Take Action web page which you can share or print out for your school
counselors, administrators, and school board members.
The “Steps for Successfully Transitioning” document is for your WL department to set long-
and short-term goals as you transition to the revised Learning Standards for WL.
The "Talking Points" flier is to inform school administrators about the revised Learning
Standards for WL. It includes the NYSED timeline for its implementation and details the allocation of time and money needed for the transition. This resource should be shared now so money can be
allocated in your district’s budget for next year. This flier also explains the areas where the name LOTE, foreign language, or languages other than English need to be amended to world
The “WL Update for School Counselors and Administrators: World Languages Increase
Students’ Prospects for College and Career” video, with an accompanying facilitation guide, explains the critical need for WL proficient graduates current NYS WL requirements, the need to study WL
beyond NYS minimum graduation requirements, and options for further WL study in NYS. Invite your school counselors and administrators to a department meeting and view the video together while
discussing the questions from the guide. This is an excellent resource to use when students meet with their school counselors to develop their course schedule for the upcoming year.