Learning Site News - September 2021

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09-23-2021 

 

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Learning Site® News

Updates and practical resources to support language learning and teaching

 

The start of the school year is brimming with potential – new learners, new ideas, and new tools promise an interesting, rewarding year. Wayside is excited to partner with you by providing the most relevant tools and resources for your digital classroom needs. Whether you are new to the Learning Site® or are a veteran, you are sure to find some helpful information.

 

Explore this issue of the Learning Site® News, where we bring you a whole catalog of resources:

 

  • Getting Started Guide

  • Rostering

  • Integration Guides

  • Scope and Sequence

  • Webinars

  • Instructional Strategies Toolkit

  • Customer Life Cycle Team

 

In partnership,

 

Getting Started Guide 

The Getting Started Guide is the perfect resource, whether you are using the Learning Site® for the first time or you just need a refresher. It will help you get the most from your Wayside digital products. From learning how to ask for help to learning about each feature, the Getting Started Guide is a must-have reference document.

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Rostering 

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Rostering in the Learning Site® allows districts or schools to securely exchange student, course, and related enrollment data between their student information system (SIS) and the Learning Site®. We roster with Clever and OneRoster, as well as a variety of rostering systems through Kimono. Check out our guides for detailed information. And if you or your school's tech team need support, contact our rostering and integrations team at rostering@waysidepublishing.com or (888) 302-2519. 

 

Integrations 

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The Learning Site® seamlessly integrates with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Schoology, as well as a long list of other learning management systems (LMS) that requiring a single sign-on. If you or your IT team are new to Wayside products, download the guides by clicking on the images below. And if you or your school's tech team need support, contact our rostering and integrations team at rostering@waysidepublishing.com or (888) 302-2519.

 

Scope and Sequence 

To help you gain a view from 1,000 feet, Wayside provides Scope and Sequence documents encapsulating themes, essential questions, cultural information, vocabulary, and goals for each unit. Our EntreCulturas and EntreCultures Scope and Sequences also include AP® and IB® themes, to help you connect the dots from novice to proficient, starting at Level 1. To find out if your program has a scope and sequence, look in the Introduction Section in the teacher edition of your textbook or FlexText®.

 

Learning Site® Lab Webinars 

Learning Site® Lab: Integrations & iOS App is a complimentary webinar series brought to you by Wayside. Learn best practices for digital learning, as Instructional Technologists walk you through how the Learning Site® integrates with Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. Also, discover the features and functions of the Learning Site® and the iOS app. Feel free to register for any that are relevant to you!

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Instructional Strategies Toolkit

Wayside is certain that you will find plenty of content in the textbooks and FlexText® to create effective and interesting lessons for your learners. We are committed to providing you the tools you need to engage your learners, which is why we created the Instructional Strategies Toolkit – a Learning Site® resource full of activities in the three modes of communication. With more than 200 different activities (and counting!), you are sure to find something to inspire your class. You can find the Instructional Strategies Toolkit in the Learning Tools section of Explorer®.

 

 

 

Meet the Customer Life Cycle Team

We would like to introduce our Customer Life Cycle Team who are here to support your needs throughout the school year in collaboration with your assigned Account Manager.

 

The team is as committed to you as you are to your learners, and that means helping you get the world language solutions you deserve.

Do you need assistance with any of the following?

  • Learning Site® Platform
  • Textbook Layout / Pedagogy
  • Teacher or Student Resources
  • Additional Training

Jen and James would love to hear from you if there is absolutely anything you need help with. Please email customersolutions@waysidepublishing.com.

 

 

 

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Ya Sabes - September 2021

Five ideas to start your year right
09-14-2021 

Exploring the complexities of Hispanic culture in the US

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Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for Your Spanish Language Classroom

 

Hello educators,

 

Welcome to another year of Ya Sabes, Wayside’s newsletter for Spanish language teachers.

We have spoken to many of you who are very excited to be back in the classroom full-time with your students again. Sure, there will be challenges, but teachers are energized by students, and being back with them feels, well, right. Wayside is here to support you as you resume your journey by providing relevant and timely resources – because we are rooting for your success.

 

In this issue, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month:

 

  • Incorporate Afro-Latino culture into your classroom

  • Turn Hispanic Heritage Month on its head

  • Teach Spanish literature utilizing Choice Boards

  • Lend us your ears

  • Learn about Learning Site® supports to start your year

 

What would you like to see in a future issue? We would love to hear from you!

¡Felicidades!

 

National Teach Spanish Week

The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) has extended National Teach Spanish Day to an entire week of activities and opportunities for connection, from September 26 to October 3, 2021. The purpose of National Teach Spanish Week is:

 

  • To promote the teaching of Spanish as a profession
  • To call attention to the current Spanish teacher shortage in the US
  • To emphasize the importance of Spanish as a world language


Join in to share a tip or video, apply for a professional development scholarship, or register for the upcoming webinar, “Incorporating Afro-Latino Culture in Spanish and Portuguese Classrooms,” held on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 PM, EDT.

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A New Way to Teach About Hispanic Heritage Month

New on the Proficiency Talks Blog: From piñatas to the sharing of food, school districts around the country use Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the cultural distinctions that make up the Hispanic-American community in the United States. Diego Ojeda, world language presenter, Spanish teacher, and co-founder of Twitter channel #langchat, shares an interesting perspective on how to teach Hispanic heritage in Wayside’s newest blog post, “We Cannot Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Without Celebrating Immigrants.” Rather than focusing on celebrations and celebrities, Ojeda contends that we should focus on humanizing Hispanic immigrants in the US.

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New Paths to Learning Spanish Literature in the Classroom with Choice Boards

Are you preparing students for success in the AP® Spanish Literature and Culture Course? Are you currently using Wayside's Azulejo? We thought you might be interested in learning about Choice Boards.

 

In her article in The FLTMAG, educator and author Dr. Kathleen M. Scollins describes how she uses Choice Boards. Also known as Learning Menus, Choice Boards consist of “a grid presenting a visually organized set of activities, from which students select one or more to complete. They can be used in a variety of learning contexts, both in and out of class time, from structuring small-group discussion to assigning projects for students to work on independently."

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New! Language Lounge Podcast

Wayside has just launched a new podcast series, Language Lounge, for world language educators!

Each week Michelle Olah talks with intentional world language educators to discuss professional development, teaching techniques, and insights into teaching and learning world languages.

In a recent episode, Michelle chats with 2019 ACTFL teacher of the year, Rebecca Aubrey. Rebecca talks about some of the important ideas that she is thinking about as she redesigns her Spanish curriculum from scratch - including incorporating trauma-informed instruction, being more culturally responsive, and ways to make language learning accessible to ALL learners.

Listen to Language Lounge on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.

Also follow Language Lounge on Twitter for the latest episodes, updates, and behind-the-scenes features.

 
 

Learning Site® Lab Webinars to Start Your Year Right

Learning Site® Lab: Integrations & iOS App is a complimentary webinar series brought to you by Wayside. Learn best practices for digital learning, as Instructional Technologists walk you through how the Learning Site® integrates with Canvas, Schoology, and Google Classroom. Also, discover the features and functions of the Learning Site® and the iOS app. Feel free to register for any that are relevant to you!

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