Wayside News - June 2021

06-16-2021  All News, Learning Site

Ideas to foster social justice learning

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Proficiency Insider

Bold ideas and practical resources for your language classroom

Hello educators,


Equity, inclusion, opportunity. As a company, Wayside strives to advance these conditions in the workplace, in the classroom, and in our communities. Our mission of fostering communication and understanding across borders is not limited to world cultures. The Proficiency Insider offers you resources to explore social justice themes – by yourself, and with your students. In this issue:


  • CONSIDER - inquiry-based social justice learning

  • BROADEN - your students' horizons with activities and videos

  • EXPLORE - some important new Learning Site® classroom resources

  • TAKE - a free test drive


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

Happy teaching!


Inquiry-based Social Justice Learning

It can be daunting to figure out how to include social justice themes in the classroom. These are important topics, and you want to give them the attention they merit, but how does one begin? Learning by Inquiry is a website devoted to inquiry-based learning, with articles and activities on all sorts of subjects. The article Using Inquiry to Teach Social Justice in the Classroom discusses ways to incorporate inquiry-based social justice learning and provides practical resources to help you get started.


Incorporating Social Justice Activities in the Classroom

Talking to a more experienced colleague is a great way to find classroom resources. It might be a bit more challenging to find a teacher with extensive experience teaching about social justice, so we found one for you! If you are a member of ACTFL, check out the webinar One Classroom, Many Experiences: Incorporating Social Justice into the World Language Classroom, hosted by Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither. And if you are not yet an ACTFL member, her webinar alone is enough reason to join! Dr. Hines-Gaither’s webinar provides insight into topics like global racism, feminism, culture, and slavery. It is well worth your time to view.

In case you are not able to access Dr. Hines-Gaither’s webinar, here are some resources she references:

  • Circles of My Multicultural Self, from the Critical Multicultural Pavilion, is a great activity to foster learners’ awareness of what they consider the most important aspects of themselves.
  • Trevor Noah has been a guest on The Daily Show, and his segment, Spot the Africa, challenges preconceived notions about Africa and the United States. It is a great discussion opener for more mature students.
  • Harvard University’s Project Implicit helps users explore their hidden biases relating to political parties, race, class, gender, and others.
  • A beautiful film entitled They Are We tells of a family torn apart by the transatlantic slave trade who are unexpectedly reunited 170 years later.


Social Justice Correlations: Today’s students are more aware than ever of the people and events of the larger world. And you understand the value of including real-life themes, including social justice, as a component of your lessons. We agree! Wayside has published social justice correlations for the EntreCulturas and EntreCultures series. They are located in Explorer® in the Teacher Resource folders.

EntreCulturas Social Justice Correlation

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EntreCultures Social Justice Correlation

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Social-Emotional Learning Correlations: Social justice and social and emotional learning (SEL) go hand in hand. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) conducts research and analysis on SEL educational needs in the classroom and has developed conclusions and recommendations for supporting transformative SEL.


Wayside has just published CASEL 5 SEL correlations for our EntreCulturas and EntreCultures series. They are located in Explorer® in the Teacher Resource folders. Use them in conjunction with, or separately from, the Wayside Social Justice correlations, for a truly transformative classroom experience!


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Totidem Verbis - June 2021

Latin Newsletter
06-09-2021  All News, Author Spotlights, Totidem Verbis Latin Newsletter, Teacher Resources

Cold drinks and warm sunshine optional

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Totidem verbis

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Latin classroom

Hello educators,


The school year is winding down, and summer is right around the corner. While some teachers cannot wait to think only of cold drinks and warm sunshine, we know Latin teachers are insatiable when it comes to learning. You have a hearty appetite for knowledge, and you are dedicated to finding new ways to pass that knowledge to your students. So, Wayside is always on the hunt for the most effective, most engaging resources for you and your students! In this issue:


  • BUILDING mental highways - Learn how these strategies can be used in any language, but especially with Latin!

  • WAITING lists for Latin class - Learn how Wayside author Jane Lienau packs her classes using Spartacus and stickers

  • EXPLORING these 5 links worth sharing - Resources for learning and teaching Latin and the Classics

  • JAMBOARD - Five ways to use a virtual whiteboard in your Latin classroom

  • TAKING a path less traveled to the AP® - Sight-reading with Scandite Muros


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


Beatus doctrina,


Building Mental Highways With Latin

On the Proficiency Talks blog, by Alex Terwelp: “When children are born, they develop roughly 80% of their brain capacity by age two. Adolescents’ brains grow to fill out the remaining 20%. After teaching for a few years, I began to realize that my 7th graders did not have the highways built yet, and the construction would continue into their early twenties. I recognized it was my job to be the brain foreman for as much time as I had them in class. After this epiphany, I stuck my foot in the door of my school’s student support office because I knew my role as a Latin teacher was more than teaching Latin. However, I soon realized that Latin did me the favor of supporting my students in the development of executive functioning skills – Latin is the vehicle that brings these skills to my students.”


Waiting Lists for Latin Class

Source: newscentermaine.com

Latin educator and Wayside author Jane Lienau has a waiting list of students wanting to sign up for her Latin class, and anyone looking for academic fluff need not apply. The students are reading some of the giants of western literature—Virgil, Ovid, Catullus—who wrote of human joys and sorrows two thousand years ago. Seeing the enthusiasm and rigor this teacher and her students bring to Latin class is nothing less than inspiring. Learn how she keeps her classes packed by using stickers and Spartacus!


5 Latin Links Worth Sharing 

Resources for learning and teaching Latin and the Classics:

  1. ScorpioMartianus – a YouTube channel entirely in Latin and Ancient Greek
  2. Septentrionale Americanum Latinitatis Vivae Institutum – SALVI’s mission is to promote communicative approaches to Latin language acquisition, making the entire body of Latin literature and its legacy more available to—and enjoyable for—students, teachers, and the general public.
  3. The Latin Library – a comprehensive library of Latin texts that are in the Public Domain
  4. Quomodo Dicitur? Podcast – a weekly Latin podcast on varying subjects
  5. Textkit Greek and Latin Forums – a Classical Language Learning Forum

Jamboard – A Virtual Whiteboard for Your Latin Classes

On the Proficiency Talks blog, by Maureen Lamb: "At its core, Jamboard is a virtual collaborative whiteboard. Within that whiteboard, there are options to add many things, including backgrounds, text, shapes, images, screen shots, and sticky notes. Individual Jamboards are called Jams, and you can have up to 20 Jams going at a time. I find it easy to assign students to Jams by adding sticky notes indicating which student or group of students is assigned to each. Curious to know what you can do with a Jamboard? I lay out five of my favorite ways to use it."


The Path Less Traveled: Sight-Reading

Latin educator and author Jane Lineau thought creatively when she wrote Scandite Muros. Not only does it uniquely focus on sight-reading, but it also provides a flipped-classroom approach that can be adapted to blended, virtual, or in-person semesters. Scaffolding Scandite techniques led Jane to grow one of the largest Latin programs in Maine, with students seeing both AP® exam success and long-term reading skill development. Explore a free sample of this intermediate and advanced Latin favorite.

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A New Partnership in World Language Education

Wayside Publishing and Fluency Matters
05-18-2021  All News, Comprehensible Input, New Products

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Wayside Publishing and Fluency Matters Announce Partnership

We're Expanding Access and Content for World Language Teachers

Dear Educators,

Wayside is proud to announce our new partnership with Fluency Matters! As we join forces, we hope you will be excited to see all the new offerings we can provide to you! More learner-centricity, more support, and more sharing of best practices and industry knowledge mean you will have even more tools to guide your students to proficiency.

The Fluency Matters library of Comprehension-based readers, audio resources, and e-learning materials have already attracted a large network of collaborative and like-minded educators. Their accessible and engaging materials offer many ways to supplement Wayside’s proficiency-based programs!

This fall, you will see our teams come together to offer new resources to communities while maintaining the Fluency Matters and Wayside Publishing niches you love. Fluency Matters' vision for empowering language learners and sharing diverse cultural perspectives is a perfect complement to Wayside’s focus on proficiency and interculturality. We are certain the synergy of these two teams will result in one powerhouse duo! We are proud to be part of this growing community of dedicated educators and look forward to transforming world language education together!

To learn more about Fluency Matters and how they can help you, mosey on over and check them out!

Please email us with any questions you may have.

In partnership,


Ya Sabes - April 2021

Spanish Newsletter
04-21-2021  All News, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter

Activities and resources to improve your game

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Ya Sabes

Bold Ideas and Practical Resources for Your Language Classroom


Hi educators,


The school year is winding down, and we are bringing you some inspiration to get you to the end of the year and beyond. In this issue of Ya Sabes, we offer some fresh ideas for Día de la Tierra and an exciting new tool. Plus, introducing the 2021 Webinar Season!

Each day, the Wayside Team works to create tools and resources to support your proficiency journey. In this issue:


  • Tap your toes with a fun music video and incorporate a little nature into your classroom

  • Learn about the exciting new tool for EntreCulturas 1 and 2

  • Register for one or more complimentary webinars

  • Take a free test drive


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



Día de la Tierra Activities for a Fresh Perspective

Springtime means we are getting outside more, enjoying the beauty the Earth provides. With Día de la Tierra upon us, it is a great time to focus on how we can sustain the beauty we experience!

Are your novice and intermediate students working on a unit about Día de la Tierra? Why not incorporate this awesome music video by Rockalingua? The tune is catchy, on-screen vocabulary supports the lyrics, and the message is on-point. It is just silly enough to get your students smiling and tapping their toes. 

EntreCulturas 3, Unidad 4 offers learners a quieter, reflective look at the natural world and sustainability. Actividad 11 asks learners consider how literature can be used to promote sustainability, as they read the poem El río recién nacido, communicate answers to sensory questions, and sketch the imagery of the poem.


Getting a Little Flashy with Picture

You have been asking for them, and here they are! Spice up your lessons with our NEW picture flashcards for EntreCulturas 1 and EntreCulturas 2 that tie to the vocabulary in the Así se dice section of each unidad. Look for them in the Recursos folder in Explorer®. Guess what? You will also find a teacher’s guide with tips and comprehensible-input activity ideas! Anybody up for some flashcard bingo?


It is Nearly Webinar Season!

We are working hard to build a great spring/summer webinar season, just for you. You may have received an email or two about the different series, but if you have not, fear not! Look for all of Wayside's upcoming Web Conferencing Events in the About>Events section of our website. Whether you are wondering how to end your school year or are ready to start thinking about the one to come, we have a webinar to suit your needs!


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Learning Site News

February 2021
02-24-2021  All News, Learning Site, Remote Teaching



How are you celebrating digital learning day?


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Learning Site® News

Updates and practical resources to support language learning and teaching


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Welcome to the Digital Learning Day edition of the Learning Site® News. What is Digital Learning Day? In this issue, we will explain. We will also provide quick and easy guides to get you up to speed on our latest Learning Site® developments.


  • Digital Learning Day - How DLD resources can help YOU

  • Quick Tip - Reactions save time and acknowledge participation in the Learning Site® Classroom and Discussion Forum

  • Grade Passback Progress - Schoology and Canvas TCC courses can now access Grade Passback Sync! Learn how!


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Celebrating Digital Learning Day

In the ten years since Digital Learning Day efforts were kicked off by the Alliance for Excellent Education, remote learning and instruction have evolved by leaps, bounds, and pandemics.


Digital Learning Day is a campaign that grows the network of instructors passionate about improving the online learning landscape. We are particularly excited to nerd out over:


- Tomorrow’s webinar on Future Ready School across the US

- Free resources from diverse subjects, grades, and geographic regions

Why are you fired up about Digital Learning?


Quick Tip – Reactions in Classroom Forum 

Time-Saver Alert! Recognize student participation quickly and consistently, with reactions in Classroom and Discussion Forum. Click to watch this 90-second demo by Instructional Technologist Terra Cowham!


Grade Passback Progress

Grade passback sync (the ability to pass grades back from the Learning Site® to your LMS gradebook) is now available to thousands of Learning Site® teachers!

Available now for: Educators using Canvas TCC, and Schoology TCC

Canvas TCC
Guide pdf (grading on pages 6-8)


Schoology TCC
Guide pdf (grading on pages 9-10)


Need Help?

Stream demos of Learning Site® tools in virtual or blended contexts or read step-by-step strategies with links to activities and authentic resources in the Learning Site® area of our website.


You can also contact us anytime. We are here to help, and always have time for your questions and comments. The conversation you start today may inspire a new resource to be created for the Learning Site® community.