Resources, News, Events
Are you using EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs. We recommend that you register for both a program training session and a Learning Site training session.
Please note: These trainings are useful to teachers who are implementing one of our language programs this fall. If you are not yet a user but would like to find out more about our language programs, email email@example.com
EntreCulturas/EntreCultures Program Training Sessions |September 14, 21, 28 at 3:00pm EDT (select one)
Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on EntreCulturas and EntreCultures. We will talk about how books and units are set up including teaching vocabulary in context, using the discovery process to teach grammar, performance assessments, and more. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Learning Site® Training Sessions | September 8, 15, 22 at 3:00pm EDT (select one)
Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on the Learning Site®. We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found in our online platform. Learn the ins and outs of using Explorer®, FlexText® and Portfolio and how to integrate them into your instructional practice. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Learning Site® videos, guides, and more can be found under the Learning Site menu!
July 27, 2020
EntreCultures 3 reimagines intermediate French
Relevant rigor that pushes learners farther
It’s been only a year since the revolutionary EntreCultures 1 and 2 entered French classrooms. Early responses have been so positive that Wayside Publishing has launched level 3 of the program with an expedited online/print release!
EntreCultures 3 offers Level 3 classrooms an unprecedented blend of proficiency-based pedagogy and best practice strategies that align with ACTFL standards, every state’s DOE standards, and correlate with both AP® and IB themes.
For learners, content of EntreCultures 3 could not have arrived at a more appropriate time. Units 1 and 2 revolve around identity and digital citizenship, with relevant subtopics that can support learners in processing the world around them. Students this fall will have opportunities to reflect on how teens’ perspectives and independence have been impacted by recent events, and to research how social media and remote learning have varied across the Francophone world through authentic resources created for teenage French learners, by native French speaking peers.
And of course, all of this communication is transpiring in French! Vocabulary and grammar are taught in context, with communicative tasks that reinforce language meaning, pronunciation, and structure.
For teachers, EntreCultures 1,2,3 have all been updated this summer to include tools that will support remote instruction, classroom delivery, or a blend. New to EntreCultures:
- Differentiated formative assessments to guide customization to each learner’s progress
- An Instructional Strategies Toolkit with 100+ activities that can be filtered by proficiency level, communication mode, age appropriateness, learning style, and more
- A revamped gradebook with improved functionality, faster navigation, and improved viewing
- A new YouTube channel packed with “how-to” tutorials, Learning Site tips, and more
- New integration options including nearly any learning management system
- Practical guides on how to adapt EntreCultures units around COVID-19 disruptions this fall
Experience the cutting-edge EntreCultures today.
EntreCultures 3 giveaway, a success!
In celebration of EntreCultures 3's launch, Wayside gave away the Ultimate French Proficiency Library, consisting of EntreCultures 3, our entire French line, a class set of student subscriptions, and more. Congratulations to our three winners, drawn randomly on August 24th:
Grand Prize: Claudia McGuigan
Gift bag prize: Erica Boston
EntreCultures 3 Teacher Edition prize: Denise (Jeanne) Miller
July 27, 2020
EntreCulturas 4 completes the path to proficiency
Standing out, leading forward
Spanish educators have something to cheer about this summer — EntreCulturas 4 has been released for classroom use! With this latest level in Wayside’s proficiency-based language series, teachers finally have access to an uniterrupted Novice through Advanced Spanish line that is completely proficiency-based and correlated with the 2017 NCSSFL-ACTFL standards, and every state standard.
In this first edition of EntreCulturas 4, teachers will encounter the only new Pre-AP® program in Spanish education that combines the best practices of teachers across the proficiency spectrum. From TPRS devotees to C.I. practitioners to grammar advocates, EntreCulturas 4’s teacher-authors understood that there is a time and place for each element, and sequenced authentic-resource centered tasks and assessment in a manner that naturally inspires communicative language practice and retention.
EntreCulturas 4 can be flexibly used with the broad array of Spanish learners including heritage learners with individual perspectives and varying degrees of proficiency in each of the four modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
Not only does EntreCulturas 4 included the beloved IPA format, rubrics and strategies that educators have loved in prior levels, but it also includes new assessment and grading features:
- Differentiated formative assessments can be given as tasks during class, support educators in understanding individual progress, with extension opportunities available to individualize instruction.
- A new Gradebook in the Learning Site makes assigning and grading a breeze – with integrations to most online learning platforms. (If you use other Wayside products – have no fear – this new gradebook is now available across ALL Wayside titles!)
Building on the communicative proficiency developed through EntreCulturas 1,2,3, EntreCulturas 4 prepares learners with the confidence they need to experiment with their Spanish in the real world and to pursue AP®-level coursework in Triángulo APreciado and Azulejo.
With the entire Spanish line complete, Wayside has been partnering with communities to make sure its resources support learners across the various contexts imposed by COVID-19. Supportive tools include an Instructional Strategies Toolkit in the Learning Site, YouTube tutorials on how to make best practices into daily habits, new Facebook communities where teachers can interact with series creators in real-time, and practical guides on how to adapt EntreCulturas units around COVID-19 disruptions.
Experience the only uninterrupted Spanish path to proficiency for yourself.
EntreCulturas 4 launch giveaway, a success!
In celebration of EntreCulturas 4's launch, Wayside gave away the Ultimate Spanish Proficiency Library, consisting of EntreCulturas 4, our entire Spanish line, a class set of student subscriptions, and more. Congratulations to our three winners, drawn randomly on August 10th:
Grand Prize: Lucia Philipp, Salisbury School CT
Gift bag prize: Katherine Menendez, Moore Haven Middle School FL
EntreCulturas 4 Teacher Edition prize: Belen Ramirez, Point Loma High School, CA
In case you missed it, you can now watch all three webianrs in our Poolside Proficiency summer webinar series!
Let Go to Move Forward
The end of the 2019-2020 school year was not what anyone had planned. As teachers look forward to the 2020-2021 school year there are a lot of questions regarding curriculum and lesson planning. In this webinar, a panel of diverse stakeholders, including a Wayside author, an Instructional Strategist, a Curriculum Coordinator and two classroom teachers, discuss how to start off next school year without feeling like you have to "hurry up and catch up."
Helen Small – Curriculum Coordinator
Debbie Espitia – Instructional Strategist
Erin Gibbons – Author - EntreCultures 2, 4
Tanya Meinecke Smith, Teacher (Emery Weiner School)
Alexis Buschert, Teacher (Tigard-Tualatin School District)
Watch here in case you missed it!
Declutter your curriculum
How do we make deliberate instructional choices so we can better support students' target language proficiency and ignite their passion for learning? In this panel discussion we will explore how to declutter your curriculum and lessons in order to focus on what is essential for student language proficiency.
Jennifer Carson – Curriculum Coordinator
Michelle Olah, Instructional Strategist
Chris Hayes, Teacher (Upper Arlington)
Christi Gilliland, District Supervisor (Williamson County Schools)
Watch here in case you missed it!
Using a Learning Management System to design online learning experiences
A Learning Management System can enable classrooms to transform what students and teachers can do with instruction. These platforms can help increase student engagement and allow for differentiation as we look to bridge gaps between content, pedagogy, technology, and training. In this webinar, we will discuss how using a Learning Management System can expand your classroom and open new doors of opportunity for learning. Our panel will include Wayside Publishing's Digital Specialist for Innovation & Instructional Technology and a district coordinator for Instructional Technology.
Watch here in case you missed it!
Are you implementing EntreCulturas or EntreCultures in your classroom this fall? Find out everything you need to know to get started with our cornerstone Spanish and French programs during our ongoing summer training sessions. We recommend that you register for both a program training session and a Learning Site training session.
Please note: This training is useful to teachers who are implementing one of our language programs this fall. If you are not yet a user but would like to find out more about our language programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
EntreCulturas and EntreCultures program training sessions
Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on EntreCulturas and EntreCultures. We will talk about how units are set up including teaching vocabulary in context, using the discovery process to teach grammar, performance assessments, and more.
Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).
Learning Site training sessions
Join our Instructional Strategists for a training on the Learning Site. We will help you get familiar with the tools and resources found on our online platform. Learn the ins and outs of using Explorer, FlexText and Portfolio and how to integrate them into your instructional practice.
Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings in June and July (click on register to find a date—you only need to attend one, the same content is repeated in each session).