Unbelievable! Another school year is about to begin! Here are news tidbits to help plan your year:
· Kansas World Language Standards Review
· Kansas Seal of Biliteracy
· KSWLA/FLAM joint fall conference
· Retirement nearing
· Notices of interest
The Kansas World Language Standards Review Committee has met three times this summer. We decided to put the new national standards, World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages, ACTFL, 2015, to good use in our state. The committee is trying to complete a first draft of our revised standards to be published for your feedback this fall. After a final edit, revised standards will be presented for the KS Board of Education’s approval this winter. We are excited about this update that integrates higher expectations leading to higher proficiency levels. Watch for more news coming soon from the standards committee co-chair, Lindsey Colliing (Olathe USD 233) and Elke Lorenz (Manhattan USD 383).
The Kansas Seal of Biliteracy proposal was adopted by the KS Board of Education at its May meeting. Districts are encouraged to implement this award for 2017 graduates. “Guidelines for Kansas Seal of Biliteracy” have been created by the World Languages Advisory Council and webinar recording have been posted on the World Languages webpage at ksde.org. If these first guidelines do not answer all your questions, then additions and interpretations will be refined in the future. Thanks for your patience and enthusiasm as we begin this new era of emphasis on proficiency and bilingualism, or multilingual skills of our KS students.
Details about the keynote presenter, sessions, and registration information will be announced soon. Keep your eyes on the www.kswla.org website for more information.
I am retiring.
My last day at KSDE will be Friday, August 26, just 10 days from now. To date, my position has not been advertised. Until the vacancy is filled, please address your questions to my supervisor, Jeannette Nobo, [email protected], 785-296-4948. I wish to express my sincere thanks and delight in collaborating with all of you on many projects during the past (almost) nine years. Keep up the great work! Keep advocating for language learning! Hope to see you at future professional development opportunities. But I’ll do it on my own schedule, more or less.
The following notices are being passed along as a service. This does not mean that KSDE has reviewed any of the materials listed, or endorses any of the services offered…..
Seeking French Middle School teachers and students in KC area for partnership:
Sarah de Leiris is an English teacher in a middle school near Lyon, France. She is originally from Kansas City; herschool would like to start a partnership or exchange program with a middle school in the Kansas City area.
She would like to bring a group of 20 8th graders for ten days in spring 2017. It would need to be a middle school that has a French program starting in 6 or 7th grade where the students could stay in host homes. The students would shadow their host student for about 5 days and would also spend time visiting KC with me and other teacher chaperones from France. There would also be the possibility to develop a relationship during the year through letters, e-mails, Skype etc...
Sarah currently is in Kansas City and would love to have some connections in person while she is here (until August 16). Her email is[email protected].
Free Spanish textbooks.
Sam Samuelson, Burlington High, has a bunch of textbooks in good condition that are free for the taking. He calls it a “U-Haul Special.” If you will Haul it away… it’s YOURS!!! The series is called ¡EN ESPANOL! From McDougall/Littell. [did not specify publication date].
· Approx. 6o copies of the student edition of the Spanish I text and about 15 workbooks (workbooks are pretty rough but useable).
· Approx. 40 copies of the student edition of the Spanish II text but few workbooks.
· Approx. 20 copies of the student edition of the Spanish III text and about a dozen workbooks.
These books are all pretty useable, as the really bad ones were culled over the years. This includes the teacher’s editions, transparencies, and fairly complete sets of the supplemental materials.
If you would like to have these materials, it is just a matter of arranging a pick-up or drop off.
Email Sam at: [email protected] . Or call him at school 620-364-8672 (ext.*4120). If no one wants these they will just get pitched.
Free French materials
Norma Pipkin, LaCrosse High, has French materials to give away. She is willing to deliver or work out a delivery plan.
· 20 Level 1 Bon Voyage! textbooks © 2002 w/ teacher materials
· 20 Level 2 Bon Voyage textbooks © 2002 w/teacher materials
· French Flag, games, posters, bulletin board sets, dictionaries, travel books and more surprises!
· French 3 & 4 Easy Readers: The 3 Musketeers (10), Count of Monte Cristo (10), Fantom of the Opera (5), The Little Prince (13), The Bourgeois Gentilhomme (6), Cyrano de Bergerac (10).
After 35 years in the classroom Norma would feel better about not teaching this fall if she knew her materials were put to good use. Please contact Norma at [email protected] or call 785-625-6991 and leave a message.
Rainforest Travel Fellowship
This notice of a fellowship for teachers in 2017 came from Bruce Calhoun, Save the Rainforest, [email protected]
Save the Rainforest Take Flight 2017 Fellowship
· Travel free to Costa Rica, Panama or Belize
· Earn graduate credits (optional)
· For high school Spanish and science teachers
· Application deadline is October 1
· Visit www.saverfn.org for details
Spain-USA Reciprocal Exchange program for Kansas State Schools
Pursue Languages specializes at organizing quality exchange and immersion programs between American and Spanish schools. Some excellent Middle and High Schools in Spain are very interested in a school to school cultural exchange program with Kansas State Schools. The duration is approximately 12-18 days( can be customized). The groups would travel with a teacher, the students ages range from 11-17. Schools visit each other at a date that suits both schools during the academic year. There is no need to worry about grades or credits. It is a great and economic opportunity for students to be immersed culturally, linguistically and to develop global awareness, all this for only $450 per student, it is free for teachers/chaperones.
For more details please contact: Ephraim Wambu, General Manager, Tel 0034 660841622, skype:jwnfy26, www.pursuelanguages.com
Kansas Seal of Biliteracy
Adopted by Kansas Board of Education, May 17, 2016.
It is proposed that a “Seal of Biliteracy” certificate be awarded by Kansas State Department of Education and a local school district to recognize any student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by the time the student graduates. The recognition for attaining biliteracy becomes part of a student’s high school record. It explicitly addresses the Career and Technical Education foundational skill of communicating “respectfully and effectively with people of different cultures and diverse perspectives.” The Seal is a statement of accomplishment that recognizes a student’s readiness for career and college, and for engagement as a global citizen.
Four national organizations collaborated to create national guidelines for the Seal of Biliteracy: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL), and TESOL International Association (2015). To ensure consistency in the significance of this recognition, the KSDE World Language Advisory Council recommends following these national guidelines with appropriate additions and guidance for implementation in Kansas.
Definition of Terms
“Biliteracy” refers to having a functional level of proficiency in two or more languages. The level of proficiency is not necessarily identical for all languages, but must include both social and academic language skills. This includes listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Upon completion of high school all students are eligible to attain the Seal of Biliteracy certificate. Students must demonstrate the state-determined level of proficiency in English, as well as one or more additional languages, be they native languages, heritage languages, languages learned in school, or languages learned in other settings.
Level of Language Proficiency Required
Proficiency in English: Both native and non-native speakers of English must provide comparable evidence of English Proficiency, as demonstrated with evidence described below.
Proficiency in other Languages: Native and non-native speakers of a language other than English must provide evidence of proficiency in that language. The minimum proficiency level should be “Intermediate Mid” based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines or equivalent, and in all domains.
Kansas will adopt a two-tier Seal of Biliteracy, awarding a Kansas Gold Seal of Biliteracy for “Intermediate Mid” (ACTFL) and Kansas Platinum Seal of Biliteracy for “Advanced Low” (ACTFL). The former is attainable by learners following a 6-8 year sequence of middle school and high school courses. The latter is attainable for students completing bilingual or dual language programs, or with extensive exposure to language outside of the school setting.
Variations to proficiency levels will be made due to unique characteristics of certain languages. Examples include, but are not limited to American Sign Language, Classical Greek, Latin, and Native American Languages. The guidance document will include specifics.
Assessments already exist for English and other languages which provide valid and reliable means of measuring students’ language performance. The evidence needs to evaluate students’ use of the language, not knowledge about the language. In cases where valid assessments of specific languages are not available, a process will be outlined through which comparable proficiency may be determined.
English: The student will demonstrate English proficiency by completing language arts requirements for high school graduation and by achieving a benchmark score on a validated test such as:
• Kansas English Language Arts Assessment at high school level “career and college ready” (3 or higher)
• Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment for English Language Learners “proficient (4)” or higher
• Other assessments identified by the state as appropriate for demonstrating English proficiency equivalent to meeting high school graduation requirements.
Other Languages: The student will demonstrate proficiency in the language other than English through a validated test, such as:
• Advanced Placement Exam (score of 3 or 4 for gold; score of 5 for platinum)
• International Baccalaureate Exam
• Oral Proficiency Interview, Reading Proficiency Test, and Writing Proficiency Test (ACTFL)
• Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP4S)
• ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL)
• Tribal language validation by tribal officials
• Signed Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) for American Sign Language
• ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Exam (ALIRA)
• Other assessments correlated to the required minimum level of language proficiency.
Additional assessments and/or combinations thereof will be identified in a guidance document prepared by the KSDE World Language Advisory Council.
“All students” means all, regardless of language background or any documented condition that may exclude demonstration of language proficiency in one of the modes of communication. Accommodations, such as those already in place for state-required assessments of language, should be included for assessments and requirements used to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy certificate. All students should receive information on the Seal of Biliteracy upon entering middle and high school settings so that they are able to organize their Individual Plan of Study to meet the requirements of this honor.
State/District Process for the Award
The Seal of Biliteracy certificate will be awarded upon high school graduation. The district will identify which students will receive this honor, based on the evidence described above. KSDE will provide guidance concerning documentation of those receiving the Seal of Biliteracy certificate. The award could be implemented as early as May, 2017.
Note: The entire text above will soon be posted on the World Languages webpage, see link below. The KSDE World Language Advisory Council will meet in June to prepare a guidance document. It will be posted on that same webpage in August.
World Language Webcast: Benchmark Assessments
This is an online meeting for Skype for Business, the professional meetings and communications app formerly known as Lync.
This webinar replaces the last Singleton PLC meeting of the year scheduled for May 18. Forget where the Benchmark Assessments can be found?. Go to this webpage.
Seal of Biliteracy vote by BOE
Kansas may join more than a dozen states in offering a certificate to students who can demonstrate strong or fluent skills in more than one language. If the Kansas State Board of Education approves the idea, high school students could start earning the credential as early as next spring, though doing so wouldn't be easy. A student who completes two years of foreign language classes generally achieves only "novice" skills as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Kansas education officials and foreign language teachers are envisioning a credential that would denote much stronger proficiency. Read more. The Kansas Board of Education will vote on this proposal during their regular meeting May 17, Room 102, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackoson, Topeka. The agenda item is scheduled for 11:25 a.m. and meetings are live streamed. Go to ksde.org, click the “Board” tab for the Livestreaming link.
World Language Advisory Council
If the KS Board of Education adopts the Seal of Biliteracy, the day will be spent finalizing the first guidance document for districts concerning this award. It will be posted on the ksde.org webpage for World Languages by the end of July.
World Language Standards Review
The committee of approximately 25 professionals from across the state is pending final approval and will soon be notified of the their first meeting. They will have at least two meetings in the coming summer months; one will be virtual and the other face-to-face. Revised standards are expected to be published for public comment in the fall, then adopted in fall or winter.
French Film/Food events
Doug Miller, Wichita State University, writes: “We are promoting knowledge of history, culture, and the need for community communication via these events; all the while promoting connections with our sister city: Orleans, France.” The most recent event was a Sunday evening of film and food. If you want to receive notification of future events, please contact Doug.[email protected], 316-978-6046 fax: 316-978-3524 portable; 316-208-1052
German textbooks available
Meagan Meneley, Abilene High School, writes “I have many Komm Mit (Level 1 and 2) textbooks that I need to rehome at the end of this school year.” Contact here at[email protected].
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Greeting! This is the first message of the year to the KSDE World Language Listserv. Topics include:
· World Language Benchmark Assessments Workshop
· Kansas World Language Association Conference in Wichita
· Professional Learning Community
· Visiting International Teachers
· KATG Immersion Weekend
· German Immersion Weekend and MOU
· Advisory Council discusses State Seal of Biliteracy
World Language Benchmark Assessments
Teachers looking for performance assessments to use as one of their measures of student growth should consider using Kansas Benchmark Assessments. These performance assessments were collaboratively developed based on Kansas World Language Standards. They are available on the WL Assessment webpage. This all-day workshop (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will provide foundational training for Level 1 and Level 2 Interpersonal assessments, all languages, with a brief overview of Level 3. A validity discussion will be part of the day, as well as scoring practice using recorded student samples. There is no fee for the workshop. To RSVP your spot, please use the KSWLA conference registration form, and stay for the conference Friday evening and Saturday.
Kansas World Language Association Conference
Meet with other teachers from across the state at the Wichita Marriott, November 5-6 for “The Magic of Languages” annual KSWLA conference. The Keynote Speaker is John DeMado, returning to KS after about 20 years, as positive, engaging, inspiring, and entertaining as ever! Break-out sessions (20+) will be presented by your colleagues at K-12 and post-secondary levels. To attend you must be a KSWLA member. For the first time this year, registration and payment can be handled entirely online! Go to www.KSWLA.org . IF YOU ARE A FIRST OR SECOND YEAR TEACHER IN KANSAS, please contact me ASAP. I will nominate you to be a VIP at the conference, which would allow you to attend without the registration fee.
Professional Learning Community
All KS language teachers, especially those who are “singletons” (only one in the building or district) are invited to participate in avirtual Professional Learning Community. I will moderate the group’s virtual meetings, using AdobeConnect and Google docs , once per month during the school year. We will meet the third Wednesday of each month, 3:30-4:30 p.m.. This is intended to be professional development focusing specifically on two areas that appeared to be ‘weaknesses’ on recent KSDE WL Quality Surveys: 1) teaching in the target language and 2) using common summative assessments. To join the first meeting use this AdobeConnect address. http://ksde.adobeconnect.com/wl-standards/ Please join us!
KSDE Visiting International Teachers
Ten teachers from Spain have accepted positions in Kansas school districts, joining the four (three from Spain and one from China) who remain in the program from last year. They received warm welcomes from these districts: Auburn-Washburn USD437, Cherryvale USD 447, Valley Falls USD 338 , Jefferson County North USD 339, and Topeka USD 501. There are now a total of ten teachers from Spain employed in the expanding dual language program in two elementary schools and a middle school Topeka. The rest are teaching at secondary level. Welcome to Kansas!
German Immersion Weekend and MOU
Kansas Association of Teachers of German (KATG) will celebrate their 30th year of conducting annual immersion weekends for teachers. They will meet September 25-27 at K-State University Student Union, Flint Hills Room, beginning around dinner time on Friday evening. The theme is German and STEM (MINT); presenter is Katrina Griffin, an AP high school teacher from Maryland who initiated a “STEM Magnet program”. For registration materials, contact KATG President Daniela Thrasher, [email protected]
On Sunday, September 38, Irene Mrazek, from the Zentralstelle für das Auslandschulwesen will continue support of progressive German programs with training for the Deutsche Sprachdiplom 1 assessment. The training invitation has been sent to a dozen participants for a workshop. For more information about how your program can qualify for these assessments, write to [email protected], or seek her advice at the KATG Deutsches Wochenende.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been finalized between the Zentralstelle für das Auslandschulwesen and Kansas Department of Education to formalize support for German teaching in Kansas. Just as with the MOUs with France (2013), China (2006) and Spain (2001) it recognizes a variety of ways to collaborate in support of language learning. Plans are still being finalized for a signing ceremony of the MOU on the weekend of the KATG Deutsches Wochenende.
World Language Advisory Council discusses State Seal of Biliteracy
The KSDE World Language Advisory Council is considering a recommendation to the Kansas Board of Education to adopt a State Seal of Biliteracy. Using an idea that originated in California, nine states (California, Washington, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and New York) have adopted a state approved seal, 13 states are in planning or piloting stages (Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts) , and individual districts have shown growing interest. It taps a growing need for graduates who can function in a global society and benefits students in multiple ways. Here are some places to get more information:
Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines: http://www.ncssfl.org/
California’s state procedure: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp
Promotional website: http://sealofbiliteracy.org/
If you have strong feelings for or against making such a recommendation, please send me your thoughts to share with Advisory council members. There are about 20 people on the council. We meet 3 times per year