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

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
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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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.

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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Ya Sabes - March 2020

Spanish Newsletter
03-01-2020  Grading, Teacher Resources, All News, The Wayside Way, Interculturality, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter
Getting started with proficiency-based grading, creating diverse language programs, and free downloads for your classroom.  Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter

Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your classroom

Welcome to the latest issue of Ya sabes, your go-to source for everything you need to take your Spanish instruction to the next level. In this issue: 

  • How to get started with proficiency-based grading
  • Take a look inside creating a truly diverse language program
  • Support all students in your classroom with our free downloads

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Getting started with proficiency-based grading


In our three-part series on the Proficiency Talks blog, Instructional Strategist Cristin Bleess takes a look at the nuts and bolts of transforming your grade book.

In Part I she explores the shift in her thinking from a number-based grade book to one that truly captures her students' abilities. In Part II she gives practical advice for making the switch. And in the last installment she shares the 6 dos and don'ts of a proficiency-driven grade book.

'Inclusion is not just checking off boxes' 


What makes a language program truly inclusive? How can we ensure that all students feel represented? How do we keep an open conversation with teachers to learn about the ever-shifting landscapes of their classroom? These are some of the questions we wrestle with in a recent Proficiency Talks blog post.  We give you an insider's look at what goes into making sure that our world language programs represent and speak to all students in your classroom.

Free downloads to support all students 


Take a peek at some of the free proficiency-driven supporting materials we offer to make your life in the classroom easier. 

  • Classroom expressions handout in Spanish and French to help keep your students in the target language
  • Free lesson plans (in Spanish and French)
  • 5 reasons to teach for proficiency—a free download to make the case for proficiency-driven instruction.
  • Strategies for supporting heritage learners
  • Tips on integrating differentiated instruction
  • How to cultivate interculturality in your classroom

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Ya Sabes - December 2019

Spanish Newsletter
12-16-2019  Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter, Teacher Resources, Authentic Resources
Christmas activities for your Spanish classroom and hang with us in the Teachers' Lounge.  Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter

Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Spanish classroom


Hi educators,

Welcome to the latest issue of Ya sabes, your go-to source for everything you need to take your Spanish instruction to the next level. In this issue: 

  • Get ideas for new holiday activities from Diego Ojeda
  • Watch our Teachers' Lounge series
  • Download our presentation slides and handouts from ACTFL, along with our Classroom Expressions poster and free lesson plan

What would you like to read about? We'd love to hear from you!


Holiday activities with a twist

Diego Ojeda is back on the blog this month with a rich well of resources for the last few weeks of school before the holiday break. Browse his ideas for classroom activities that help your students expand their cultural knowledge and deepen their vocabulary. 


New YouTube series: Teachers' Lounge

In our new YouTube playlist Teachers' Lounge, we talk to classroom teachers, thought-leaders, and trailblazers in the world of language education to get quick insights and fresh ideas. 

In our first few episodes we talk to Wayside digital specialist Jen Cornell about how a global perspective is crucial to language learning, and to Spanish teacher Lynette Williams who discusses how proficiency-based authentic communication can take the pressure off students to speak with perfection.

Free proficiency resources

We are always expanding our free resources that make your life in the classroom easier. Browse what's available: 

  • Classroom expressions handout to help keep your students in the target language
  • Free lesson plan
  • ICYMI: Handouts and slides from our ACTFL presentations

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Ya Sabes - October 2019

Spanish Newsletter
10-10-2019  All News, Teacher Resources, Learning Site, New Products, Heritage Language Learners, Ya Sabes - Spanish Newsletter
Authentic activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, explore a new resource for your pre-AP® students, speak up for languages, and more Subscribe to a Wayside newsletter

Ya sabes

Bold ideas and practical resources for your Spanish classroom

Hi educators,

Welcome to this month's edition of Ya sabes, your go-to source for everything you need to take your Spanish instruction to the next level. In this issue:
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with authentic activities
  • Explore a new resource for your pre-AP® students
  • Speak up for languages
  • Get the latest news about Spanish culture and language
  • Watch a video about our new proficiency trackers

What would you like to read about? We'd love to hear from you



Beyond the piñatas


Spanish teacher and #langchat cofounder Diego Ojeda takes a hard look at Hispanic Heritage Month. In his latest post on our blog, he encourages us to do better and move beyond tacos and fiestas. 


A new resource for your pre-AP® students

The latest addition to our popular Spanish series, EntreCulturas 4 is filled with AP®-style tasks, practice exams, and simulated conversations for practicing interpersonal communications—all designed for the intermediate-mid to intermediate-high level learner.

EntreCulturas 4 will be available in 2020, but you can sample the first unit now! 

Your story matters

You can help make a difference in language education! We are collecting stories from teachers like you who are on the front lines of teaching the next generation of global citizens. Tell us how and why you became a language teacher, or about the role languages play in your life, and become a part of community of language advocates.

Últimas noticias

The latest news about Spanish language and culture

OPINION: Foreign languages should be respected not feared 

With over 350 languages spoken in the United States alone, Lauren Briggs makes the case for bilingualism as a means of connecting and understanding.  

Spanish edition of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ out next month 

Delia Owens’ highly acclaimed coming-of-age story, “Where the Crawdads Sing”, hits shelves next month in a Spanish-language edition. 

A good Spanish teacher will help kids lean into a rich culture 

Columnist Emily Parnell reflects on how Spanish class took her on a voyage to new cultures.  

Proficiency trackers

Help your students track their growth and their performance toward proficiency with our new proficiency trackers, now available on the Learning Site. Download and print from the Learning Site or assign online for each unit and for the entire year. 

If you are an EntreCulturas pro, find these under the Content tab in the Proficiency Resources folder on the Learning Site. Here's a quick tutorial to walk you through the steps. 


Haven’t implemented EntreCulturas yet? Request a sample now and see everything our Learning Site has to offer. 

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