Behind The Standards Development Process
In 2016, Dr. Janine Theiler initiated the first World Language Colloquium to discuss and establish priorities for NDE in meeting the needs of world language teachers across the state. Task force groups were formed to address needs in the areas of programming, proficiency, professional learning, advocacy and collaboration. Around that time, NDE decided to establish a consistent and cohesive plan to creating and revising standards in all content areas. A schedule for revision was created that marked 2018 as the year for World Language revision.
The NDE World Language Specialist sent a statewide survey to all world language teachers in December 2017. Teachers were asked for input that would help to shape the discussion at the upcoming second World Language Colloquium. Questions included prompts for language demographics, materials used, the role of the current world language frameworks, and professional practices.
World Language Colloquium 2018
Forty participants gathered in Lincoln in February 2018. The majority of participants were those who had participated in the 2016 Colloquium. Representatives from districts throughout the state, technical colleges, universities, educational service units, and international associations discussed the purpose of language learning and the skill sets that it requires.
World Language Standards Advisory Council
Seventeen educators arrived in Lincoln in June and August 2018 to author the revised standards. The group analyze and compared standards from other states, from other content areas, and from national organizations both language and non-language specific. Working through mindful discussions, the Council established the essentials of world language learning.
World Language Standards Writing Team
The writing team will begin to meet in late October. In a series of meetings, the team will be tasked with creating indicators at specific proficiency levels. As decided by the Council, the revised standards will use the proficiency levels established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Distinguished. The writing team is still in the process of formation.
World Language Standards Focus Teams
Several areas require focused work groups. These areas include, but may not be limited to dual language immersion, heritage speakers, classical languages, critical languages, and Native American languages. These groups will be convened electronically as needed to provide input into the standards.
The Final Steps
When the indicators are completed and edited, the entire document will be reviewed and open to public commentary before going before the state Board. It is hoped that the standards will be approved in September 2019.
While the work and this list are not complete, there are many who have contributed in one way or another to the making of the standards. In a year, this list will be significantly longer. For now, thank you to:
Brett Avila, Sidney Public Schools
Amber Beltrand, Schuyler Public Schools
Theresa Catalano, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Katy Cattlett, Omaha Public Schools
Jan Coone, ESU 16, retired
Alicia Dallman Shoemaker, Elkhorn Public Schools
Brooke David, NDE
Jonathan Dettman, University of Nebraska Kearney
Steven Duke, University of Nebraska
Chad Dumas, Hastings Public Schools
Janet Eckerson, Lincoln Public Schools
Cory Epler, NDE
Mary Lea Free, Norris Public Schools
Rebecca Gill-Rose, Palmyra Public Schools
Shanna Hellerich, Shelton Public Schools
Chris Heselton, University of Nebraska Confucius Institute
Kristen Hetrick, Doane University
Jami Holbein Swanson, Lincoln Public Schools
Jamie Honke, Ralston Public Schools
Nila Jacobson, Lincoln Public Schools, retired
Jesús Jurado Mendoza, Embassy of Spain, Ministry of Education
Becky Keilig, NDE
Faye Kilday, Northeast Community College
Candida Kraska, Millard Public Schools
Amanda Levos, Grand Island Public Schools
Jared List, Doane University
Amy Mancini-Marshall, Grand Island Public Schools
Naomi Mardock Uman, Metropolitan Community College
Liz Martinez, Elm Creek Public Schools
Ali Moeller, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Rita Ricaurte, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Mytzy Rodriguez-Kufner, Wayne State College
Brenda Romero, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Brenda Schiermeyer, Fremont Public Schools
Cathy Scurlock, Omaha Public Schools
Patty Simpson, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Yasuko Taoka, Wayne State College
Martha Thompson, Norfolk Public Schools
Marie Trayer, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Retired
Janine Theiler, Lincoln Public Schools
Angie Wagoner, Crete Public Schools
Michelle Warren, University of Nebraska Kearney
Nick Ziegler, ESU 5