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.

VISIT THE DPI WORLD LANGUAGES PAGE: http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/home



December 30, 2012: World Language Updates from Ann Marie Gunter

Here are some updates for our ongoing work with the World Language Essential Standards (WLES):

1) The quarterly webinar originally scheduled for this week has been re-scheduled for Thursday, January 17, due to the rush of the holidays and the resulting activities that brings to schools. As usual, the broadcast will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with the virtual space opening 30 minutes prior to the start for those who want to login and check audio set-up.


To register for this webinar, please go to https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/992181871 and complete the registration form. Connection information and reminders will be sent directly to the email address that you provide.


To submit questions for this webinar, go to http://tinyurl.com/WLWebinarQuestions and complete the form.

2) The HOME BASE (formerly known as IIS) website is now available at www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase . Home Base is a statewide, instructional improvement (IIS) and student information system (SIS) for teachers, students, parents and administrators.

  1. a. Teachers will be able use Home Base to access student data and teaching and learning resources.
  2. b. Students will be able to access their schoolwork, grades, and learning activities.
  3. c. Parents will be able to view their child's attendance and progress.
  4. d. Administrators can monitor data on students, teachers and schools.

Not only does Home Base put data and resources at the users' fingertips, it does so with single-sign-on access to the integrated system made up of the following components: Learner Profile and Student Information; Standards & Curriculum; Instructional Design, Practice & Resources; Assessment; Data Analysis and Reporting; and Professional Development & Educator Evaluation, as illustrated in the image on the Home Base landing page: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/.

Don’t forget:

You are welcome to add colleagues to the SI email distribution 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 these update messages directly without the need to forward.

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


October 1, 2012: World Languages Updates from Ann Marie Gunter

Updates Document



September 24, 2012: IHE Institute


TO: World Language Educators at the Post-Secondary Level

RE: October 10th IHE Institute for the World Language Essential Standards


This is a quick reminder to all college and university faculty planning to attend the NCDPI IHE Institute for World Languages on Wednesday, October 10, in Winston-Salem. Please verify that you have registered for the session, which is being held at the FLANC Conference site (Marriott Hotel and Embassy Suites,425 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101) the day before the FLANC Conference begins.


If you have not yet registered, please do so using the form at http://tinyurl.com/iheinstituteoct2012 .

The deadline for registering is tomorrow, Friday, September 21, 2012.


The World Languages session at FLANC will start at 8:30 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. in Ardmore 2 on the lower level of the Embassy Suites.


There will NOT be a World Languages session at the IHE Institute being held on October 12 at Meredith College.




June 11, 2012: World Language Updates


Here are some updates for June regarding our ongoing work with the new standards:

1) The most recent World Language DPI Update webinar was broadcast on Thursday, May 24, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The PowerPoint presentation and archived recording from that webinar are now posted on the WLES Wiki Webinar page at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars towards the bottom of the page, as webinars are posted chronologically.

2) Next Friday, June 15, the final webinar for the 2011-2012 World Language Series will be broadcast from 9:00-10:00 a.m. To register for this webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/518914168 and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar, or at 8:30 a.m., to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.

3) The June 15 Webinar will include an overview of the 2012 Summer Institutes and an update on the Proficiency 101 Project. In order to maximize our webinar time, we will be using a Google Form to submit questions in advance of the live broadcast. Go to http://tinyurl.com/WLWebinarQuestions to list your questions about 2012 Summer Institutes, the Proficiency 101 Project or any other topic that could be addressed during the webinar.

4) Webinar information and archived materials are posted on the WLES Wiki page dedicated to webinars (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars).

Note: Participation in the live webinar 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 following the last webinar. The archived webinars and materials can be used as PD resources locally, with contact hours documented by the district or school.

5) The WLES Wiki (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net) will be undergoing a redesign soon in order to make it more user-friendly in time for the first 2012 Summer Institute. All materials will remain available on the wiki, but they may be relocated to streamline the storage and sharing that the wiki makes possible

Quick reminders:

You are welcome to add colleagues to the SI email distribution 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 these update messages.

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

April 16, 2012: World Language Updates



1) The most recent World Language RttT SI Group webinar was broadcast on Thursday, April 12, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The PowerPoint presentation and archived recording from that webinar are now posted on the WLES Wiki Webinar page at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars towards the bottom of the page, as webinars are posted chronologically.


2) On Tuesday, April 24, there will be another World Language Workshop held in Plymouth, NC, for Regions 1 & 2. This is an opportunity for World Language teachers and administrators to delve into the new World Language Essential Standards and begin to focus on classroom curriculum planning.


If you would like to register for the April 24th session, go to http://tinyurl.com/Reg1n2WLESworkshop and complete the form.


If you are from a district or charter outside of those regions and want to see if there’s space available, contact the Region 1 PD Leads who are handling logistics:

Beth Edwards (Elizabeth.Edwards@dpi.nc.gov) or Dianne Meiggs (Dianne.Meiggs@dpi.nc.gov).


If you are interested in having a similar session in your region, contact your regional PD Lead listed online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/directory/.


Quick reminders:


You are welcome to add colleagues to the SI email distribution 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 these update messages.


The WLES Wiki (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net) will be undergoing a redesign soon in order to make it more user-friendly. All materials will remain available on the wiki, but they may be relocated to streamline the storage and sharing that the wiki makes possible.


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

April 6, 2012: World Languages Updates


1) The next World Language RttT SI Group webinar* is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To register for this webinar, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/462814313 and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar, or at 3:00 p.m., to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.


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


2) The April 12th Webinar will include several topics, with one being an update on the Measures of Student Learning (MSL) work led by Jennifer Preston, RttT Project Coordinator for Teacher Effectiveness. In order to maximize our webinar time, we will be using a Google Form to submit questions in advance of the live broadcast. Go to http://tinyurl.com/WLWebinarQuestions to list your questions about the MSL work or any other topic that we will be addressing in the webinar.


3) Webinar information and archived materials are posted on the WLES Wiki page dedicated to webinars (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars).


Note: Participation in the live webinar 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.


4) The WLES Wiki (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net) will be undergoing a redesign soon in order to make it more user-friendly. All materials will remain available on the wiki, but they may be relocated to streamline the storage and sharing that the wiki makes possible. If you have suggestions about materials or links that should be added, send them to ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov.


Quick reminders:


You are welcome to add colleagues to the SI email distribution 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 these update messages.


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


Happy Spring Break!

March 19, 2012: World Languages Updates


North Carolina's new Standard Courses of Study are to be implemented in classrooms beginning in 2012-13. The accompanying support documents, called the Instructional Toolkit, are designed to help teachers pattern their instruction and classroom student assessments to the state's newly adopted curriculum.


A new component of the Instructional Toolkit, the Glossary of Terms draft, is now posted for public feedback. This tool provides educators with terminologies that represent the big, powerful concepts and ideas teachers need to know and understand in order to effectively teach the new Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards and use supporting materials. The Glossary of Terms is not meant to be exhaustive, but seeks to address critical terms and definitions essential in building content knowledge and understanding but also in promoting consistency across disciplines, increased student outcomes, and improved parent communication. This is a living document and will undergo additions in terms over time.


Please send any thoughts, feedback, questions and ideas to feedback@dpi.state.nc.us.


The Glossary of Terms for the North Carolina World Language Essential Standards (WLES) is posted online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/acre/standards/support-tools/glossary/world-lang.pdf


The WLES Glossary of Terms draft is also posted on the World Language Essential Standards wiki on the Review DRAFTS page: http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/WLES+Instructional+Toolkit-DRAFTS.


Everyone is encouraged to review the Glossary of Terms draft and send feedback to feedback@dpi.nc.gov on or before March 30, 2012.


All feedback will be reviewed and utilized in informing the final Glossary of Terms for the Instructional Toolkit.


Thank you in advance for your input!

March 9, 2012: World Languages Teachers from across Region 7 Share Resources


Wilkes County Shares World Languages Training PowerPoint


Burke County Shares Categories for World Languages


February 20, 2012: World Languages Updates from Ann Marie Gunter



1) Thank you to all who provided feedback on the World Language Graphic Organizers! Revisions have been made and this new component of the Instructional Toolkit will be posted soon on the NC Essential Standards Instructional Support Tools page where the drafts were located. The revised materials are already posted on the WLES wiki on the Graphic Organizer page (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Graphic+Organizers) for your use.


2) The webinar materials from the February 9th broadcast have been posted on the WLES Wiki page dedicated to webinars (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars) and are available for use. 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.


3) The Spring RESA sessions are coming up soon! All 2011 Summer Institute participants, colleagues working with them, and those involved in planning or implementing PD for the World Language Essential Standards are encouraged to attend. The session will be focused on Proficiency 101, which is the sharing of information, resources, and activities that can be used locally to help educators teach and assess for proficiency in the classroom. Research-based presentation materials, online training resources, and assessment tools will be discussed, and program-specific adaptations will be explored.

Please note the date for your region’s Spring RESA session below and contact your regional PD Lead(s) listed at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/directory/ about registration and logistics:
February 16th – Region 4 in Southern Pines, NC;
March 8th – Region 5 in Greensboro, NC;
March 9th – Region 7 in North Wilkesboro, NC;
March 12th – Region 6 in Charlotte, NC;
March 14th – Region 3 in Oxford, NC;
March 19th – Region 2 in Wallace, NC;
March 20th – Region 1 in Williamston, NC;
March 26th – Region 8 in Candler, NC.

At most Spring RESA sites, up to 4 people may attend each content area session, so others involved in helping with local PD may be eligible to attend as a team.


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 these update messages.

The World Language Essential Standards wiki (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/) has recently been reorganized so that the navigation menu on the left side is (hopefully) more user-friendly.

The wiki is for networking and sharing ideas, resources and materials as we implement the new standards. Please feel free to download and adapt any PowerPoint, handout, activity, etc. for your use locally.

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

February 9, 2012: World Languages Updates from Ann Marie Gunter


All materials from the February 2 World Languages Curriculum Development workshop are posted on the Region 7 Curriculum Workshop page at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/CW+Region+7 on the wiki.

Don’t forget to share your ideas, activities and resources on the Shared Resources page at http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Shared+Resources as we continue to network.


February 2, 2012: World Languages Curriculum Development Workshop with Ann Marie Gunter @ NWRESA

Access all materials for the workshop here.

http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/CW+Region+7


January 30, 2012: World Language Professional Development Session Coming Thursday, February 2!


Ann Marie Gunter will be joining us at the Northwest RESA on Thursday, February 2 to support implementation of the Essential Standards for World Languages. If you have not registered, please register at www.nwresa.org as soon as possible.

The agenda for the day and requirements for participants can be found in the pdf below.

If you have questions, please let me know.




January 30, 2012: World Language Updates


Here are some updates for February and March regarding our ongoing work with the new standards:

1) Next week, there will be two World Language workshops held, one in Region 7 on February 2nd and the other for Regions 6 & 8 on February 3rd. Both workshop sessions will be an opportunity for World Language teachers and administrators to delve into the new World Language Essential Standards and begin to focus on classroom curriculum planning. If you would like to see if there’s still space available for one of these workshops, contact the following Regional PD Leads.


For the Thursday, February 2nd session, contact Heather Mullins, Region 7 PD Lead, at heather.mullins@dpi.nc.gov or 828-244-8759. (Please contact the Northwest RESA at www.nwresa.org to register.)



For the Friday, February 3rd session, contact Jessica Garner, Region 6 PD Lead, at jessica.garner@dpi.nc.gov or 704-268-9824.

If you are interested in having a similar session in your region, contact your regional PD Lead listed online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/directory/ .


2) The webinar materials from the January 12th broadcast have been posted on the WLES Wiki page dedicated to webinars (http://wlnces.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/2011-2012+Webinars) and are available for use. 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.

The next two webinars* are scheduled as noted below.

To register for the February 9, 2012, RttT SI Group webinar* from 3:30-4:30 p.m. go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/137550017 and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar, or at 3:00 p.m., to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.

To register for the February 10, 2012, IHE & LEA Coordinator webinar* from 9:00-10:00 a.m. go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/534755768 and complete the form. Like all of our webinars, the virtual space will open 30 minutes before the start of the webinar, or at 8:30 a.m., to accommodate early birds and those checking set-up.

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

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.