Welcome to the Essential Standards World Languages Process Support Page!


March 8, 2012: Follow Up Support and Process
March 9, 2012: DPI will host two-days of support for World Languages at the Northwest RESA.


Day 1: DPI's Regional Development Consultants will partner with Northwest RESA to provide

support with resource navigation and professional development roll out.
Day 2: DPI's World Languages Consultants will provide content support for World Languages teachers and district leaders.

December 15, 2011: World Language Essential Standards Content Session Announced for Region 7


We are pleased to announce this opportunity for World Language teachers. Please read flyer for more information and visit the Northwest RESA website www.nwresa.org to register.

This opportunity will be posted for registration after the holidays.

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December 8, 2011: DPI World Language Updates



1) The RttT webinar* is scheduled for this afternoon, December 8, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We will be discussing the progress of the Proficiency 101 Team to date and the timeline for their work. To register for this webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/973820872 and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.


2) The IHE and LEA Coordinator webinar* is scheduled for tomorrow morning, December 9, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. We will be discussing updates on PD resources, the Proficiency 101 Team, and supporting proficiency-based teaching. To register for this webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/707572905and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.


* All are welcome at any webinar, regardless of the primary audience listed.


Note: Participation in the live broadcasts is documented, and a certificate noting accumulated contact hours for license renewal purposes will be issued at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. The archived webinars and materials can be used as PD resources locally, with contact hours documented by the district or school.

For more information about all of the 2011-2012 World Language webinars, go to the wiki page at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars .


As always, feel free to contact me at ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov or 919-807-3865 with any questions.

November 28, 2011: DPI Announces World Languages Professional Development

If you are interested, please let Heather know by November 30!

The World Language session on December 5 will review some basics about the new World Language Essential Standards, but the expectation is that those attending will have completed the Understanding the Standards online module and/or had equivalent local PD on the WLES philosophy, structure and organization. Please see the attached agenda. The activities that we did at Summer Institute have been recast for a teacher audience to address the needs of classroom curriculum writing. In addition, there are several activities (Course Proficiency Outcomes and Curriculum Mapping) which have been created and used since Summer Institutes that we will be incorporating as starting points for writing curricula.

To get a preview of these materials, go to http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/PD+Resources

November 28, 2011: Updates from Ann-Marie Gunter


1) The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC at www.flanc.org) Conference on October 13-15 and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL at www.actfl.org) Convention on November 18-20 were both quite successful! We shared the work that’s happening in North Carolina with the new standards, and it was well-received. We also attended sessions on the latest information related to proficiency and assessment. If you’re a member of either FLANC or ACTFL, be sure to access the members’ portions of their websites for resources and presentations that are being posted. Our NCDPI presentations will also be posted on the WLES wiki (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/) soon.

2) The Measures of Student Learning Working Groups – World Languages met on October 24-25 in Chapel Hill to launch the process of developing measures for traditionally non-tested areas. The World Language Groups had representatives from all three language programs (Classical, Dual & Heritage, and Modern) and analyzed the proficiency-based World Language Essential Standards to provide feedback about types of test items needed. If you would like to see the information shared with the MSL Working Groups, go to the WLES Wiki page “Content Sessions-MSL” at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Content+Sessions-MSL .

3) The Proficiency 101 Team met face-to-face on November 7-8 with Paul Sandrock from ACTFL, who is the author of “The Keys to Assessing Language Performance” that we discussed during the Summer Institutes. The team is starting their work with a virtual book study on this book and several other resources. To learn about this ongoing work, check to see what’s been posted on the WLES Wiki page “Proficiency 101 Team” at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Proficiency+101+Team .

4) On Monday, December 5, there will be a World Language workshop held in Region 5. The session will be an opportunity for World Language teachers to delve into the new World Language Essential Standards and begin to focus on classroom curriculum planning. If you would like to have a similar offering in your region, contact your Regional PD Lead to let them know of your interest.

5) The next RttT webinar* is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We will be discussing the progress of the Proficiency 101 Team to date and the timeline for their work. To register for this webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/973820872 and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.

6) The next IHE and LEA Coordinator webinar* is scheduled for Friday, December 9, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. We will be discussing updates on PD resources, the Proficiency 101 Team, and supporting proficiency-based teaching. To register for this webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/707572905and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.

* All are welcome at any webinar, regardless of the primary audience listed.

Note: Participation in the live broadcasts is documented, and a certificate noting accumulated contact hours for license renewal purposes will be issued at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. The archived webinars and materials can be used as PD resources locally, with contact hours documented by the district or school.

For more information about all of the 2011-2012 World Language webinars, go to the wiki page at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars .

Quick reminders:

You are welcome to add colleagues to the SI email list if they are working with you locally to deliver PD to world language teachers. Please send their names and email addresses to me at ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov and copy them on the message, too. This will insure that they receive information about the wiki and the upcoming webinars.

The World Language Essential Standards wiki (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/) is for networking and sharing ideas throughout the 2011-2012 school year.

As always, feel free to contact me at ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov or 919-807-3865 with any questions.