DESE NEWS - April
At the beginning of March the Massaachusetts DESE released Modules 1, 2, and 3 of the Online Learning Modules to support workd language teachers, directors, coordinators, and supervisors to advance their understanding of the Massachusetts 2021 World Languages Curriculum Framwork. The moduels are asynchronous and can be complete independently or with a group/department. Module 1 is about the Organiztion of the World Languages Framework: Overview of the Implementaion Series. Module 2 incorporates The Framework through the Lens of Proficiencyand Module 3 treats the topic of The FRamework through the Lens of Equity. The modules are very informaitonal and provide excellent resources. If you haven’t completed these yet, we recommend that you do.
On April 1 Modules 4, 5 and 6 were relased. Module is an Overview of Communication Standards and ACTFL Proficiency. Module 5 focuses on Interpersonal Communication Standards and Module presents Presentational Communication Standards. Be sure to take advantage of these excellent resources.
The DESE is also offering Curriculum Alighment Lebs. The first series was held in March but more are being scheduled for April. Be sure to stay tuned for them and sign up to attend. More inforamtion here.
World Languages Curriculum Alignment Lab #1
The first round of World Language Curriculum Alignment Labs, part of the World Languages Framework Implementation Series, begin the week of March 28th. Labs are online and 90-minutes in length; they are organized into groups of elementary, classical, and secondary modern world language educators. Multiple sessions, before and after school hours, are available. We recommend that those who participate in this first round of labs (Curriculum Lab 1) complete the World Languages Implementation Modules 1-3 (available on the World Languages Implementation webpage) prior to attending the lab. The Department invites all world language educators and school/district curriculum leaders who will be part of the school or district’s World Languages Curriculum Alignment Team to register for a Curriculum Alignment Lab and to bring a unit from their current curriculum that they wish to align to the new standards. All implementation information, including registration links for the labs and access to the free, online Modules 1-3 are available on the World Languages Framework Implementation webpage. Curriculum Alignment Labs 2-5 will be held during the final weeks of April, May and October of 2022 and January 2023, respectively – exact times TBD. Each lab will be 90 minutes, and PDPs are available at the end of the series. Contact Andy McDonie at email@example.com for more information.
World Languages Framework Implementation Series.
Implementation is Live!
The Office of Language Acquisition has launched the Implementation Series for the new Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework. The first 3 modules introducing the framework our now available on our Implementation Webpage. We are pleased to invite you to complete these modules at your convenience or collaboratively in your world languages departments. Please visit the webpage to learn more about the Implementation Series, complete the modules, register for a Curriculum Alignment Lab, or download the Curriculum Alignment Guide.
The World Languages Framework Implementation Series has been designed to be accessible to individual educators, but it is optimized for local, departmental collaboration. The entire series is designed to be implemented in fewer than 15 hours over the next 11 months. See our Message to School and District Leaders on the World Languages homepage for a more detailed schedule
The DESE's World Language Webpage has been updated to provide information about resources and opportunities made available throug the implementation. Be sure to visit the World Languages Webpage to stay abreast of the resources and opportunities such as the implementation series.
Also new on the DESE World Languages Curriculum Gramework page are some outstanding At A Grance publications. There is Guiding Principles, Standards for Practice, Linguistic Components and level Specific Content Standards. Don't miss out. They are teacher friendly and such a great support. To find theme click here.
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DESE News Update April 2021
Be sure to read the latest from the DESE. Click here to read the DESE World Languages April 2021 News.
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DESE News June 2020
Read the June news from the Office of Language Acquisition, and update on the World Language Framework Revision and be sure to watch the amazing video from the State Student Advisory Council's Global Outreach work group. The link to the video is at the end of the newsletter.