CTLE Credit

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Special Webinar:

NYSAFLT 2020 Online Learning and Remote Learning Resources

Recorded Wednesday, March 25, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

This webinar will be a panel discussion with members of the NYSAFLT Executive Committee. As we navigate our way through uncharted territory and try to find ways to continue to teach and provide instruction remotely, we’re all asking these questions: What guidelines are available? What are the challenges and limitations? How can we work together overcome these challenges? Tune in with us as we discuss and take member questions. We’ll get through this together!

Click here to view a recording of this webinar.

The NYSAFLT Webinar Series 2019–20

Co-­sponsored by the NYS Language Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network at NYU

Live webinars are free to all current members.

If you purchase a webinar to view on-demand, NYSAFLT will issue a CTLE certificate upon receipt of a “confirmation of viewing” statement – downloadable here.


Friday, September 27 — 4:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Keep Them Talking: Fun Games and Activities to Increase Language Acquisition and Prompt Proficiency

Presenter: Belal Joundeya, American Community School of Abu Dhabi

AndersonGames are important tools for learning languages because they offer students a chance to internalize the language without the risk of failure, increasing their confidence and growth. Games help students to increase time on task while staying engaged and focused. Students enjoy the games a lot and class positivity is increased. This session will highlight eight amazing activities and games that engage students, create motivation, and increase their language proficiency. Participants will leave with many ideas they can implement right away in their classroom.

Belal Joundeya is an Arabic teacher at The American Community School of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. Belal earned his MA in Education and he has ten years of experience teaching Arabic in K-12 settings including in Jordan, Utah, Oregon, Doha, and Cairo. He previously served as the Director of the Arabic Academy at Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Camp in Vermont and as the Assistant Director for Arabic Startalk at BYU. He has also taught community education courses at UVU University as well as adjunct courses at BYU, and has spoken at many conferences related to teaching Arabic as a foreign language. He has been asked to speak in many language conferences about teaching languages through fun and interactive ways.

Tuesday, October 15 — 4:00 p.m. (1 hour)

I Carry Your Story & You Carry Mine: Empathy in the World Language Classroom

Presenters: Samara Spielberg and Camilla Iturralde, The Allen-Stevenson School

AndersonSamara Spielberg and Camilla Iturralde spent 15 months developing and researching a two-month, empathy-based storytelling unit created under the theme, #NoMoreBullying. The action research examined the degree to which their students’ ability to empathize shifted after hearing varied tales of bullying from a range of people, far away, close by, and within. Join them for an informative session about the cultural shifts affecting our students, the action research that they developed, their findings, and why they believe that world language teachers are in a unique position to drastically change the ways in which today’s youth engage in the world around them. World language teachers can be the change!

Samara Spielberg is the Spanish Department Chair at the Allen-Stevenson School, an all boys K-9 school in New York City. Her passion for language came to life in Sevilla, where horses clanked up and down the cobble stone streets and flamenco music erupted on every corner. The game changer? Human connection was at the core. She believes every language class can live and breathe in the same way. With the desire to put connection at the center of her classes, Samara and her colleague Camilla Iturralde began to experiment with how to build empathy through world languages. Together they created a four-part framework and completed a study on using different types of storytelling to foster empathy. She is eager to share her pedagogical approaches and findings with you.

Tuesday, November 19 — 4:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Classroom Management in a Comprehensible Input Classroom

Presenter: Mary Holmes, New Paltz Middle School

Mary HOlmesTeaching through Comprehensible Input (CI) requires student interaction. However, many teachers are reluctant to go all in for fear of their class becoming over stimulated or of losing control. This webinar offers strategies to successful management of a dynamic CI classroom. You’ll learn specific strategies to design rules and routines and procedures that facilitate a CI instruction; to set the tone for a positive and engaged classroom environment; to engage all of your students; and to keep students accountable.

Mary Holmes has taught elementary through high school Spanish and French for over 25 years. She has been a presenter for Blaine Ray, Fluency Fast, and for a variety of national and international organizations. Her workshops help teachers successfully bring Comprehensible Input strategies to their classes. Mary was president of the New York State Association for Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) in 2014. She was the New York State Associate for World Language Education in the New York State Department of Education in 2008. Mary has won numerous awards, including the NYSAFLT President’s Award and Best of New York State. She currently works for New Paltz Middle School in New York State.

Tuesday, December 17 — 7:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Embedding Authentic Resources into Lesson Plans

Presenter:  Leslie Grahn, Independent Consultant

grahnUnderstanding that it is ideal to use authentic resources as much as possible in our lesson plans, how do we achieve that goal? Where can we find ideal sources and how do we adapt them for differentiated use across the modes? In this webinar, we will explore how to make authentic text work for you in the various phases of lesson planning. You’ll be ready to dive in in your own planning after this webinar!

Leslie Grahn has twenty-seven years of language teaching experience at the middle and high school levels and twelve years of experience at the central office level, most recently as Coordinator of World Languages for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Leslie has been a course instructor on foreign language teaching methods and differentiated instruction and frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences, specializing in best practices, specifically hands-on, interactive strategies. Leslie is the co-author of The Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction and serves on the boards of NECTFL, NADSFL and ACTFL.

Wednesday, January 15 — 7:00 p.m. (1 hour)

They, Too, Can-Do: Strategies and Accommodations for Diverse Learners

Presenter: Rebecca Blouwolff, Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley, MA

blouwolffLet every student shine! Learn to foster diverse learners’ success with strategies for effective learning and accommodations on performance tasks. See Marzano’s high-yield strategies for effective learning applied to real-life tasks in the world language classroom. Examine accommodations that support students with low working memory, weak first-language reading comprehension, difficulty making inferences, and more. Reflect on your own internal roadblocks to offering accommodations and plan for realistic changes that you can implement in your own teaching setting.

Rebecca Blouwolff has taught French at Wellesley Middle School in MA since 1998, but fell in love with middle schoolers while serving as a Fulbright teaching scholar at a collège in Saint-Omer, France. Novice students inspire her to create engaging, age-appropriate lessons focused on global awareness. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude in American Civilization and Judaic Studies at Brown University, and an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, 2019 MaFLA and NECTFL Teacher of the Year, and certified MOPI tester.

Wednesday, March 11 — 4 :00 p.m. (1 hour)

Guiding and Empowering Learners Through Can-Do Statements

Presenter: Rebecca Aubrey, South Windsor Public Schools, South Windsor, CT


The 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements provide a valuable toolbox for language educators to guide curriculum planning, scaffold daily lessons, and empower students to take charge of their learning. In this webinar, participants will have a brief overview of the can-do statements, but will then delve deeper into how they can be adapted to meet different curricular needs. This will lead participants into some specific strategies for how the can-do statements can be used on a daily basis to set learning objectives and empower students to track their own progress on the proficiency continuum.

Rebecca Aubrey received her B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, M.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Teaching Certification through the Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification. She has over 20 years of teaching experience at the college level, and 10 years of experience teaching Spanish in grades K-8. Rebecca has presented broadly in Connecticut and at the national level, including two ACTFL presentations. She is the 2019 ACTFL Teacher of the Year. Rebecca is passionate about exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of our world, and equally passionate about empowering students to do the same.

Tuesday, April 21 — 4:00 p.m. (1 hour)

The Revised NYS World Language Standards for the 21st Century – A NYSED Update

Presenter: Candace Black, NYSED-OBEWL

BlackThis webinar will present the revised NYS world language standards for the 21st century including an overview of the process from research through adoption, an in-depth look at the standards themselves, and various key resources such as the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Benchmark Statements that will support our transition to these new standards. A timeline for the roll out and implementation will also be presented including significant professional development opportunities across the state. There will be ample time for participants to ask questions during this webinar.

Candace Black is the World Languages Associate in the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at the New York State Education Department. She has a B.A. in French from SUNY Potsdam and both an M.B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of Rochester. A National Board-Certified Teacher, Candace taught French for 21 years. She has been an active member of NYSAFLT for decades and was president in 2016. In all her roles, most especially her current one, Candace is deeply committed to the professional learning and support of world language teachers.

Click here to see our past webinar archives.

The NYSAFLT webinar series offers professional development throughout the school year that addresses multiple facets of world language education. You are encouraged to register early for any of the webinars above or for past webinars, which are available “on demand” (fee applies) at https://www.nysaflt.org.

NYSAFLT is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2021. CTLE Identification number: 23167.

A member testimonial:

This is just to thank you for the Webinar Series that NYSAFLT offered this year [2015-16]. I have learned so much from them!! What is impressive to me is the large variety of topics presented, their uniqueness, and the high quality of their content. I truly admire the presenters as much as the moderators and organizers for doing such an amazing job. All webinars that I attended were very informative, helpful, and enjoyable. To make them even better, not only they were free this year, but we even got a recording of the webinar so we didn’t have to worry about taking notes, and missing information in the process. The presenters were very knowledgeable and very well prepared and organized every time. They presented a wealth of information and/or ideas, in just 50 minutes!! The moderators were very good at their role as well. I can’t thank you enough. I enjoyed them very much and I am already looking forward to the 2016-2017 Webinar Series.