Ya Sabes - April 2020

Spanish Newsletter
04-30-2020  Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, Teacher Resources, New Products, Events, All News, Assessment
Preparing for the AP® Spanish exam, explore differentiated formative assessments in EntreCulturas 4, free lesson plan and webinar. Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter


Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Dear educators,

There are a lot of unknowns this spring, including when it comes to thinking about and planning for assessment. We put together this issue of Ya sabes with a focus on the tools and resources you need to make this time of the year less stressful.

In this issue you will find:

  • The first 3 units of EntreCulturas 4 and the formative assessments included in the units
  • A free lesson plan adapted for remote teaching, focusing on sustainable communities
  • Tips for using Triángulo APreciado to prepare your students for the AP® Spanish exam
  • An instructional video on using formative and summative assessments in the EntreCulturas series.


¡Felicidades!
The Wayside Publishing Team 


New units & assessments in EntreCulturas 4


EntreCulturas 4 is coming to classrooms this fall, with an innovative approach to differentiated formative assessments that will get a clear picture of learner progress as they complete AP®-style tasks!

Each unit provides authentic resources and activities to help learners answer the essential questions. You’ll see the familiar En camino, along with the ¿Qué aprendiste?  formative assessments and the new differentiated assessment items for ¿Qué aprendiste?

These differentiated formative assessments are single-task, AP®-like activities. They focus on a single mode of communication in a pre-AP® task format and over the course of each unit all four interpersonal and presentational modes are assessed. On the Learning Site you will find differentiated versions of each assessment: one at the on-target proficiency level, one at the level above, and one at the level below. The above-level version contains a modified prompt allowing students to take their language to the next level, while the below-level version provides support to bring those students who need it up to the targeted level.



The two new units we just added to the Learning site include: 

Unidad 2: La Creatividad
Essential questions explored:

  • How is artistic creativity a form of cultural expression?
  • How are universal themes reflected in various forms of art?
  • How does design reflect cultural identity?
  • How does globalization impact what we wear? 
Unidad 3: Las Identidades
Essential questions explored:
  • What can we learn from historical figures?
  • How can an individual transform history?
  • What elements shape our identity?
  • How do language and traditions contribute to form a cultural identity?
When you sample EntreCulturas 4, you will get access to all of the Learning Site content, including the formative assessments, authentic resources, and more. 


 


Lesson plan: Creating sustainable communities

Check out this free lesson plan from EntreCulturas 3 for intermediate-low to intermediate-mid learners. We have adapted it to work for you right now as you teach remotely, using the Learning Site's Classroom Forum feature or Google Classroom.




Performance-based assessments and rubrics

Watch this brief overview from instructional strategist Cristin Bleess as she walks you through the performance-based assessments in EntreCulturas and explains why it's important for students to be able to show what they can do with the language.



Sign up now for our upcoming webinar on assessment and feedback: 
Assessment and Feedback that Lead to Continued Learning
April 14, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT


Preparing for the modified AP® exam

Last week, The College Board revealed its modified 2020 exam structure, in which learners will have 45 minutes to complete two free response questions (FRQs).

See what this means for you and your students if you have—or haven't—been using Triángulo APreciado. 


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Event: Wayside Publishing is hitting the road!

09-06-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

Come see us in the exhibit hall: 

Be sure to visit our booth at one of these events to find out about our latest products, get free digital samples, or pick up a cute owl sticker or magnet! Stay tuned for our list of instructional strategy sessions and other events at several of these conferences. We can’t wait to meet you! 

Upcoming conferences:  

October 3-5 

FLAVA, Williamsburg, VA 

October 17-19 

FFLA, Orlando, FL 

October 17-19 

TFLA, Houston, TX 

October 24-26 

PSMLA, State College, PA 

October 24-26 

FLANC, Winston-Salem, NC 

October 24-26 

MaFLA, Springfield, MA 

October 24-26 

ICTFL, Naperville, IL 

October 31-November 2 

NYSAFLT, Saratoga Springs, NY 

October 31-November 2 

WAFLT, Appleton, WI 

November 22-24 

ACTFL/NADSFL, Washington, D.C.  

 

 

 



In case you missed it: Watch our Poolside Proficiency series now

07-09-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

Don't despair if you missed our smashing summer webinar series focusing on teaching for proficiency! The archived version of our Poolside Proficiency series is now available! Here is a quick summary of the four episodes: 


The basics: What does a proficiency-driven language program look like? 
Let's discuss interculturality, using vocabulary and grammar in context, unit goals, essential questions, authentic resources, measuring students’ performance, and much more with our French and Spanish programs as our guide.

Authentic resources: Where to find them, how to use them
Authentic resources can be used to build vocabulary and language structures. We'll share some strategies on how to use these resources to teach vocabulary and grammar in context and keep instructors and students in the target language.

Beyond traditional testing: IPAs and rubrics
Explore types of formative and summative performance-based assessments, and holistic and analytic rubrics. Connections will be made to how assessments can evaluate student language usage in culturally authentic contexts.

Integrating technology: Online tools to support your instruction
Digital textbooks, grading and feedback tools, online classroom forums and more—take our Learning Site for a spin and receive free access for further exploration after the webinar.

Watch all four now! 



Meet EntreCultures at AATF

06-20-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

We are excited to head to Philadelphia soon for this year's AATF conference. See us at booths 109-110 to get a free sample of our new French language program, EntreCultures. Our knowledgable instructional strategists will be on hand to answer your questions about how to implement a proficiency-based language program in your school. They can also walk you through a sample lesson plan from EntreCultures, which you can pick up at our booth. 

Two coauthors of the series, Ed Weiss and Elizabeth Zwanziger will be there to answer your questions.

Catch these great sessions by our Wayside team: 

Sunday, July 14
1-4 p.m.
Room:  Shippen

W106:  Interculturality: Building Bridges with Language and Culture

Presenter:  Ed WeissDelaware County Intermediate Unit School District (PA)

The presenter will show participants how to engage students with vocabulary, language, and multimedia interactions with authentic resources that will provide a true world view for our students. The presentation will show teachers that cultural immersion is not a separate aspect of instruction but instead must be woven into the fabric of every day teaching

To get a preview of Ed's presentation, check out his post on our blog about the importance of interculturality! 

 

Monday, July 15
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Room: E1

E213:  Interculturality at the Heart: A New Proficiency-Driven Series for French

Presenters:  Elizabeth Zwanziger and Jay Ketner, Wayside Publishing

Traditionally, publishers haven’t provided teachers resources supporting proficiency-based best practices, let alone empowered them to develop intercultural skills to investigate and interact with other cultures and perspectives. The presenters will examine how EntreCultures is uniquely proficiency driven: a backward-designed program with essential questions, authentic resources and tasks across all three modes, grammar in context, can-do statements, IPAs, and other high-leverage instructional practices that spiral upward to help students develop global and intercultural competence.

Tuesday, July 16
10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Room: E2

S314: Comment dit-on everything I’m thinking right now?

Presenter: Erin Gibbons, Barrington High School, IL

Do you have intermediate learners who want to express themselves in French but do not have the necessary structures yet? How can teachers approach deep discussions where the complexity of the students' ideas exceeds their language skills? Come and discover some examples of pedagogical sequences and strategies to offer to your learners.



Poolside Proficiency Summer Webinars

05-29-2019  All News, Events, Featured Post

You are invited to register early for our summer webinar series and explore how you can implement proficiency-driven strategies in your classroom.

With EntreCulturas for Spanish and EntreCultures for French as our guides, our Wayside Instructional Strategy team will be live with jampacked sessions covering topics and tools that will take your language instruction to the next level.

The basics: What does a proficiency-driven language program look like? 
June 11, 2:30 p.m. ET

Let's discuss interculturality, using vocabulary and grammar in context, unit goals, essential questions, authentic resources, measuring students’ performance, and much more with our French and Spanish programs as our guide.

Authentic resources: Where to find them, how to use them
June 13, 2:30 p.m. ET

Authentic resources can be used to build vocabulary and language structures. We'll share some strategies on how to use these resources to teach vocabulary and grammar in context and keep instructors and students in the target language.

Beyond traditional testing: IPAs and rubrics
June 25, 2:30 p.m. ET

Explore types of formative and summative performance-based assessments, and holistic and analytic rubrics. Connections will be made to how assessments can evaluate student language usage in culturally authentic contexts.

Integrating technology: Online tools to support your instruction
June 27, 2:30 p.m. ET

Digital textbooks, grading and feedback tools, online classroom forums and more—take our Learning Site for a spin and receive free access for further exploration after the webinar.

Register early for all four webinars with just one click!