December 9, 2012

Webinar: Unpacking Ohio's New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages

Attention Ohio teachers: The STARS registration portal for the upcoming ODE-led webinar titled “Unpacking Ohio’s New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages” is open now through January 11th. Here is the formal announcement which will appear in upcoming ODE e-publications:

Webinar: Unpacking Ohio’s New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages

This Webinar is designed to introduce Ohio's New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages to interested stakeholders including world language teachers, curriculum directors, and other district decision-makers who are responsible for their full implementation by the 2014-2015 academic year.

DATE: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
TIME: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ODE World Language Consultants Ryan Wertz and Paula Sondej will engage Webinar participants in focused learning around the new standards. Topics to be covered will include:
· an overview of the revisionary process;
· highlights of the new standards;
· a comparison of the old and new standards;
· a look at the new standards’ focus on communicative language proficiency and the heightened requirement for target language use in the world language classroom;
· the relationship of the new world language standards to the literacy standards in the Common Core ELA standards;
· the relationship between the learning standards and the new Ohio's Teacher Evaluation System (OTES); and
· recommendations for implementation.

Please note that the information in this Webinar was previously shared through a series of regional workshops throughout the state in Fall 2012. If you already participated in a regional workshop, there is no need to participate again.

REGISTRATION: Participants must register using the STARS system, which will require registrants to open a SAFE account if they do not already have one. Access additional information and register for this Webinar on STARS using the keyword “World Language.” Participants will be eligible to receive 2 professional development contact hours; an e-mail address must be provided on STARS for contact hours to be awarded. The STARS system can be accessed by going to the ODE homepage at and clicking on the “SAFE Sign In” link in the upper left-hand corner. If you have difficulty registering via STARS, please contact Lisa Simpson at Lisa.Simpson at education dot ohio dot gov or 614-752-8759.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 11, 2013 (11:59 p.m.)

LOGGING ON TO THE WEBINAR: Information about how to logon to the Webinar can be found on the event page in STARS. An additional reminder will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the Webinar.

IMPORTANT: Please print and have available a copy of the K-12 version of the new learning standards for your reference during the Webinar. They can be accessed at

Wertz, R. [OFLA] Registration now open for ODE-led webinar titled "Unpacking Ohio's New Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages" on Jan. 16, 2013. OFLA listserv (OFLA@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU, 7 Dec 2012).

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