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07-27-2020 

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

 

EntreCulturas is purposeful, pedagogy-aligned, and classroom-tested. 

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Learning Site Newsletter

July 2020
07-06-2020  Remote Teaching, Learning Site
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What's new on the Learning Site

Digital tools and resources for your classroom

 

Dear educators,

We have been working hard all summer to make improvements to the Learning Site! We are excited to show off the digital tools we created for your classroom to help empower your students, make grading a breeze, and create a fun learning and teaching environment on- and offline. 

You have access to all of these features through your Learning Site account. If you do not have an account yet, you can request a sample to give them a test drive. 

Enhanced gradebook

Our new and improved gradebook gives you the tools you need to make grading easy and your feedback effective. We have improved how you navigate between student pages, added indicators to show assignments ready to be graded, and more! 



Instructional Strategies Toolkit

Easily accessible from the Learning Site main menu under Learning Tools, these research-based instructional strategies help students stay engaged as they process and produce language. You can browse strategies by mode of communication, skill, proficiency level, or activity type. 



Language Portfolio

Connected to ACTFL-aligned communicative and intercultural Can-Do statements, our Language Portfolio allows students to self-reflect, self-assess, and set goals on their path to proficiency.  The Language Portfolio provides a private, safe space for students to discover what they can do with the language and receive specific feedback about their progress.



Vocabulary Progression

If you are using Triángulo APreciado in your classroom, make sure to take a look at Vocabulary Progression. This new online activity allows students to practice their language skills, gain proficiency, and receive more comprehensible input as they move through the progression.  



Google Classroom, Schoology, and more

We make it easy for you to get the most out of the Learning Site by providing integrations with Google Classroom, Schoology, and more!  



Visit our website to learn more and to stay up to date on our latest Learning Site news!


How to design engaging online learning experiences 

Catch the last installment of our summer Poolside Proficiency webinar series! 

Using a Learning Management System to design online learning experiences
Thursday, July 23, 3:00 ET

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.

 

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Ya Sabes - July 2020

Spanish Newsletter
07-01-2020  Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, Teacher Resources, Events
It's not too late to sign up for Poolside Proficiency 2020! Join our summer book club, take a survey, and get free digital samples! Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Dear educators,

We hope that you are having a relaxing summer! As you start to think about what the fall will look like, we are excited to bring you some helpful resources.
 

  • Attend our Poolside Proficiency webinar series
    Browse instructional videos, guides that help you bridge the gap from last year, and free digital samples 
  • Join the Proficiency Talks summer book club
  • Take a survey if you are using EntreCulturas


¡Felicidades!
The Wayside Publishing Team 


Poolside Proficiency starts tomorrow! 

It's not too late to register for free for our Poolside Proficiency series starting tomorrow, July 9! Whether you are using a Wayside language program or not, this webinar series offers useful insight and advice as you plan for the fall and beyond. 

Let Go to Move Forward  
Thursday, July 9, 3:00 ET 

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 the next school year without feeling like you have to "hurry up and catch up."



Declutter your curriculum 
Thursday, July 16, 3:00 ET 

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.

Using a Learning Management System to design online learning experiences
Thursday, July 23, 3:00 ET

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.

 


Digital samples, instructional videos, and more!
 

Curious about Wayside language programs and the supporting materials we offer? You can sample our groundbreaking EntreCulturas series for 30 days!



You may be facing a unique situation this year in which you did not finish the previous level of EntreCulturas and are concerned about how you are going to start with the next level. These crosswalk documents are designed to help you bridge the gap.



We have created an expansive instructional video library around EntreCulturas—from introducing the basics of the series, to more in-depth looks at assessment, authentic resources, Learning Site tools, and more! 



Browse our library of activities related to Spanish songs for your mid- to intermediate-high Spanish learners.

¿Dónde jugarán los niños?
La bicicleta
La gozadera
Madre Tierra
Raíces
Soy yo
Te mueves tú, se mueven todos
Todo a un clic
Vive a tu manera



Summer book club

It's not too late to join the conversation! Visit Proficiency Talks Live to talk about Simon Dowling's book Work with me: How to get people to buy into your ideas.

We are posting a daily question and will discuss the book live on August 6.



 


Your opinion counts!
 

Are you using EntreCulturas 2 with your students? We want to hear from you as we develop our next language series. 

The purpose of the ¿Te acuerdas? section in units of EntreCulturas 2 is to explore the new unit theme using prior knowledge. By activating this knowledge, students can easily access the new theme using familiar vocabulary and structures, and teachers can identify and fill gaps in understanding before encountering new content. How is this section working for your learners? How could their experience with this section be improved? Weigh in via this two minute survey.

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