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 Georgia World Languages Professional Development Page


​​​​​​​​​​​​Every day, across the great state of Georgia, world language teaching professionals enter their classrooms and share the world beyond our borders with their students. They strive to give their students not only the linguistic tools they will need to enter the global arena, but also the cultural competencies they will need to be competitive in the workforce. This page is, first and foremost, dedicated to these professionals and their students.  

This website serves several functions:
  • ​It serves as a repository for Professional Development webinars related to various world language programs and aspects.
  • It serves as an online nexus to connect to other open source Professional Development opportunities with regards to World Language and cultural Education.
  • It serves to inform world language teaching professionals in Georgia about our upcoming Professional Development opportunities.
  • It serves to highlight the capabilities in-state language and cultural partners can provide to support language and cultural programs statewide.
  • It serves to link to websites and research related to world language education in Georgia.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Parlez-vous Français? Georgia Says 'Oui,' Leads Southeast In World Language Education​!  Find out more via this link!​​

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Check out our recent article in the ACTFL Language Educator on Building a Globally Competent and Competitive Workforce for Georgia.

New Online Course Available for Georgia Teachers

Attention Georgia teachers and administrators, we have completed the development of a new course to support world language educators in Georgia which is now available! This course, developed in collaboration with ACTFL, reviews the essential core competencies for world language educators and is accessible via the State Longitudinal Data System Platform. 

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2020 Virtual German Teacher Workshop

We have begun planning for the nation’s largest Virtual German teacher workshop to be held on Saturday, October 24th beginning at 8:30am.  Teachers can register via this link. 

Session proposals can be made via this link until T​​hursday, October 1st 

We will be building a website to house the conference and all materials will be uploaded to the website following the conference but you will need to register via the above link to access them.

French Teacher Virtual Workshop 

Our French teacher workshop held on Sept 12th, 2020 had over 220 French teachers attending from across the USA.  The conference website has been updated with all the recordings and is a resources for French teachers for the year.  You can access it via the link below.

Link to Resources from the Event for French Teachers

2020 International Jubilee Symposium 

The 2nd Annual International Jubilee Symposium will take place virtually on Wednesday, Sept 23rd from 8:30 - 2pm.  This event will feature a number of great teacher leader speakers and is a free professional development event.  

Please see the link below to register!

Registration for 2020 International Jubilee Symposium

2020 Jubilee International Symposium final .pdf

GaDOE Launches World Language Community Online ​PLC 

The Georgia Department of Education has launched a new innovative platform to provide the opportunity for world language teachers and administrators and GaDOE staff to collaborate, connect and share thoughts and resources as well as encouragement for the 2020-2021 school year!  The instructions below will help guide you in the creation of your account and navigating to the communities that you are interested in.  We look forward to connecting! Find out how via the pdf instructions below.

Introducing GaDOE WL Communities.pdf

Georgia AATSP Workshop on September 12th

  • AATSP-Ga has their upcoming virtual Fall conference on Saturday, Sept 12th as well.  There is no registration free and open to all teachers.  Please see the event flyer, I have uploaded here and links embedded in the flyer.  2020 FLAG TOTY Mrs. Meredith White will be presenting on “Location, Location, Location: Harness the Power of Google Drive and Google Calendar for Organization and Transparency"

​​7th Annual GADII Website Resources Available​

​This year's 7th Annual Virtual GADII was the largest free virtual Dual Language Immersion Conference in the nation!  The event featured a variety of presentations.  The website for this year's GADII now houses the recordings and materials from those presentations and is available for you to view via the link below.  

​​Link to GADII Website

Teacher to Teacher Video/Webinar Series​


Tips for the Spanish Classroom​ - Mrs. Downey - February 2018​​


Being Intentional with Proficiency in the World Language Classroom. - Mrs. Bertha Delgadillo.


Tips for Easy Unit Planning during Digital Learning​ - Elsie Ratliff and Jamie Vega - July 2020

Jamie Vega and Elsie Ratliff Webinar 7-30-2020.pdf


GaLearns World Language Course is now open!

​​The Georgia Department of World Languages is happy to announce the opening of the first of several online courses under development designed to introduce world language teachers and administrators to the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements​.  These courses are being developed in partnership with NCSSFL & ACTFL and we are excited to offer them free to anyone and everyone in the United States and beyond.  The first course, Getting Started with Can-Do Statements, is the first course in a 3 course unit entitled, Understanding and Using the Novice Level NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.  A digital badge of completion will be provided at the completion of each course.  For information on how to access the free course, please reference the pdf guidance below.

Create your free account at GaLearns here​.

Below are the flyers for those courses currently released.
​The initial 3 course series is designed to be taken sequentially.

 WL-GALEARNS flyer.pdfWL-GALEARNS flyer.pdf - Introductory Flyer for 1st course
WL2-GALEARNS flyer.pdfWL2-GALEARNS flyer.pdf - Introductory Flyer for 2nd course
WL3-GALEARNS flyer.pdfWL3-GALEARNS flyer.pdf - Introductory Flyer for 3rd course

Online Professional Learning Communities for Georgia WL Teachers

  • ​A new online PLC community for World Language teachers is now available via EdWeb: www.edweb.net/gadoeworldlang  We invite you to join and connect with other world language teachers in Georgia. ​

World Language Options beyond High School

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives, in cooperation with the GaDOE World Language University/College Advsiory Board is pleased to offer the following documents to help with articulation of language programs K-Workforce.  (Please check back in with us as we add to this area.)


 ​​​GaDOE World Language Educator of the Month Program!

Every day, all across the great state of Georgia, world language educators at all grade levels are making a world of difference in our schools!  This program is designed to honor these educators and celebrate the impact their efforts have on the lives of our students! 

Do you know a current world language teacher that has made a difference in your life or the lives of others!  Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond to provide students the critical language and cultural competencies needed for the workforce of today and tomorrow?  Whether you are a parent, student, colleague or citizen, we invite you to tell us about them!  Please fill out our online nomination form here.  Thank you for nominating!​

Want to be certified as a World Language Educator in Ga?

The Georgia state cerfification agency is called the Georgia Professional Standards Commission​ (GaPSC).  They offer a variety of tools to help prospective teachers find the pathways to certification to meet their needs.  These can be found here.​  You may find both the Steps to Becoming a Georgia Teacher​ and the Certificate Explorer ​features helpful along with the other tools provided there.

In an effort to make the certification process easier to understand for prospective world language teachers here in Georgia, we are pleased to provide these additional resources to help answer your questions.  Please refer to the above information or contact the PSC directly at mail@gapsc.com​ for additional assistance.

Revised Certification Guidance at a glance for World Language Educators in Georgia.pdf​

Certification Guidance at a glance for World Language Educators in Georgia SPAN.pdfCertification Guidance at a glance for World Language Educators in Georgia SPAN.pdf (Spanish Version)

Pathways to Certification in Georgia.pdfPathways to World Language Teacher Certification in Georgia.pdf

Check out the LangCred Site for nationwide information on teacher preparation programs.​

Link to Pathways to Certification Webinar with GaPSC​

Pathways to Certification Webinar Presentation.pdfPathways to Certification Webinar Presentation.pdf

World Language WebinarSPANISH.pdfWorld Language WebinarSPANISH.pdf

Link to EdTPA Webinar with Dr. Garrett Rucks​ 


​​​​General Programs Informational Webinars
The International Skills Diploma Seal

For more information on the International Skills Diploma Seal program, please review the recorded webinar below.

2018 Webinar reviewing the ISDS Program.

Link to presentation for webinar.​​

Georgia's New Seal of Biliteracy
  1. Georgia's Seal of Biliteracy 2017.pptxGeorgia's Seal of Biliteracy 2017.pptx / Powerpoint
  2. Link to webinar on Georgia's Seal of Biliteracy / Webinar
Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Model
The Road Ahead 

​Teacher to Teacher Video/Webinar Series​


Tips for the Spanish Classroom​ - Mrs. Downey - February 2018​

An Introduction to proficiency and competency based instruction - Mrs. Meredith White
proficiency.pptxproficiency.pptx / Powerpoint


Being Intentional with Proficiency in the World Language Classroom. - Mrs. Bertha Delgadillo.


Proficiency Board Printables.docxProficiency Board Printables.docx (Special Appreciation to Dr. Mark Linsky, Mrs. Meredith White and Mrs. Bertha Delgadillo and creative commons for the resources.)

Presentations from the English DLI Partner Teacher Workshop Feb 2020

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​Georgia's World Language and Cultural Partners Series

Here we will highlight the opportunities in state language and cultural partners can provide in the work of language and cultural teaching.





Information on IB Programs in Georgia
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All data shown in this presentation were gathered from open sources.  Permission is granted for Georgia schools and other entities to use show these slides and their associated content in any setting with any audience provided that the formatting and CASIE branding are preserved.  This PowerPoint presentation may be opened as a read-only file and shown in presentation mode or printed.  However, slides cannot be altered, rearranged, or copied into another presentation as a safeguard to preserve formatting and CASIE branding.  CASIE welcomes questions and ongoing dialogue about this data and its potential implications for IB schools and educational decision-makers in Georgia.


​​​​​​​​​GaDOE World Language Updates (Archive)

 ​​​​​​​​​​​GaDOE World Language Update Jan 3, 2018.pdfGaDOE World Language Update Jan 3, 2018.pdf


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 Contact Information

​​​Mr. Patrick Wallace
Program Specialist for World Languages & Global Work Initiatives
Office Phone: 404-651-8373
Mobile Phone: 404-694-4633
pwallace@doe.k12.ga.us

 Link to GaDOE World Languages Calendar

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 World Language Professional Organizations

ACTFL​ (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching)
FLAG​ (Foreign Language Association of Georgia)​
CASIE (Center for Advancement and Study of International Education)
MLA​ (Modern Language Association)​
NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education)
NCSSFL​ (National Council for State Supervisors of Language)
NADSFL ​(National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages)​
ASHA (American Speech-Language Association)
ASTA​ (American Sign Language Teacher's Association)
SAMLA (Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association)
CLA (College Language Association)​

 Language Specific Professional Organizations

​​AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese)
AATSP (Georgia Chapter)
AATG (American Association of Teachers of German)
AATG (Georgia Chapter)
AATF​ (American Association of Teachers of French)
AATF (Georgia Chapter)
GCA (Georgia Classical Association)
CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers of America)
GCLE (Georgia Chinese Language Educators)
GATJE (Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese)
AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese)
AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian)
ACL (American Classical League)
GJCL ​(Georgia Junior Classical League)
ASLTA​ (American Sign Language Teacher's Association)
GAD ​(Georgia Association of the Deaf)
GATA​ (Georgia Arabic Teacher's Association)
AATA​ (American Association of Teachers of Arabic)
AATSEEL​ (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European languages)