The Wayside summer webinar series is starting

The four-part series will focus on EntreCulturas for Spanish 1, 2, 3

It's summer, and that means it's time for Wayside Publishing's annual summer webinar series on EntreCulturas: Communicate, Explore, and Connect Across Cultures. 

Wayside Publishing Instructional Specialists Debbie Espitia and Cristin Bleess will present the webinars throughout July and August, providing an opportunity for all educators curious about how EntreCulturas works. 

Espitia is a veteran teacher with more than 30 years' experience under her belt. At local, state, and national levels, Debbie has designed and led a variety of workshops for teachers and administrators on topics, such as differentiation, student engagement, language production, and instructional technology. She is also the lead author on EntreCulturas 3, which means webinar attendees will get an insider's perspective on this groundbreaking program!

Bleess has been a language teacher for over twenty years. She has also served as a district language coordinator and president of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers. She has presented both in the United States and internationally on various topics related to proficiency-based teaching and assessments.

Summer webinar series from Wayside Publishing


 July 24

 August 6 


Webinar 1: An Introduction to EntreCulturas 

Join us for an overview of the highlights of EntreCulturas as you make plans for the 2018/19 school year. Become familiar with the components of each unit and examine the various resources available to students and teachers. Gain additional strategies for introducing new content, accessing authentic resources, applying new skills, and assessing performance. 

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July 26

August 7


Webinar 2: Making the Most of Authentic Resources 

You know the value of authentic resources—now delve into the effect. In this webinar, attendees will experience how the EntreCulturas series offers ready-to-use authentic resources to introduce and build vocabulary and language structures. Topics include the three modes of communication, the authentic resources found in EntreCulturas, and more. 

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July 31

August 8


Webinar 3: Beyond Traditional Testing: IPAs and Rubrics

If you want to learn more about how well students can use the language in culturally authentic contexts, this is the session for you. Join us in examining the various types of formative and summative assessments included in the EntreCulturas program, and why they are so effective. We will talk about the administration of assessments and suggestions for using those holistic and analytic rubrics, too. 

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August 2

August 9


Webinar 4: Let's Get Digital: Online Integration 

Did you know Wayside has its own learning management system? We’ll travel through EntreCulturas Explorer, the online resource center, plus take a look at FlexText®, Wayside’s online book platform. In Explorer, we’ll show you Mi portafolio, a place for students to upload evidence that follows them year-to-year. Other topics include assigning and grading tasks, providing feedback, facilitating online communication, and supporting student self-reflection. 

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Debbie Espitia Cristin Bleess









Dates and times are subject to change.