AATSP & Santillana USA Webinar – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

AATSP, in association with Santillana USA Publishing Company,

is proud to bring you a WEBINAR on the following topic:



Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This educational activity is open to both AATSP members and all interested Spanish instructors K-12.

Click here for a full description of the webinar and registration information.

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Meet Dr. Barbara Jones – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

Dr. Barbara Jones is a Santillana National Consultant. Dr. Jones has an EdD from the University of Houston in Teacher Education, with an emphasis on teacher professional development, and post-doctoral studies in Educational Administration from Arizona State University and Sam Houston State University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at St Thomas University (Houston, Texas), Principal of Donna C. Lewis Elementary (Spring ISD, Texas), a Title I dual language Exemplary School, and an Assistant Principal in Scarborough Elementary in Houston ISD. Dr. Jones has had extensive experience as a district programmatic evaluator for bilingual programs, dual language programs, Spanish language programs, ESL and bilingual teacher and school site administrator trainer and teacher coach. She has recently developed a series of lectures on different aspects of the impact of the Common Core in second language learning and Spanish NLA for Jersey City Public Schools and NYC Department of Education. Dr. Jones currently resides in Houston, TX. She is fully bilingual.

Dr. Jones will be hosting the Common Core Text Complexity in Spanish: Is Not As "Complex" As It Seems! Webinar on August 27 and 28, 2013 Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. Click here for more information. 



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ELLs Need More Attention in Common Assessment Groups, Reports Say

By Lesli A. Maxwell on July 8, 2013 5:25 PM

The two groups of states working to design new common assessments need to devote more time and attention to English-language learners and students with disabilities, conclude new reviews from the U.S. Department of Education.

In its first-ever technical reviews of the test-development efforts underway by two state consortia—the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and Smarter Balanced—the federal education department is calling for both groups to focus more sharply on developing test items that all students, including those who are still learning English, can fully access regardless of their level of language proficiency.

Ed Week's common core/common assessment guru, Catherine Gewertz, has a fuller explanation of the technical reviews over at Curriculum Matters, and the reviews themselves on Smarter Balanced and PARCC are available on the Education Department's website.

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Not The Usual Summer School “Resources for your Spanish Classroom”

Not Your Typical Summer School: A Summer Camp Fights Learning Loss Using The Common Core

July 8, 2013 | 10:46 AM


Researchers are watching the Duval County program to see if it can effectively prevent summer learning losses. Karelia Arauz

Researchers are watching the Duval County program to see if it can effectively prevent summer learning losses.

It’s summertime and Angela Maxey, principal of Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School, is observing a classroom of 9- and 10-year-olds draw and identify different kinds of triangles.

“Remember this is fourth grade—they’ve just finished third grade, but they’re learning fourth grade curriculum,” says Maxey. “It’s all Common Core.”

This is not your traditional summer school. The kids in this classroom are part of Duval County Public Schools’ Superintendent’s Summer Academy. They’ll be voluntarily spending their summer here, at Sallye B., learning math and science lessons in the classroom and on field trips—with the explicit goal of preventing summer learning losses.

In the three months that they’re out of school, most kids lose some of what they learned in the school year. On average, students start school in the fall about a month behind where they left off in the spring. Research shows that kids from low-income, minority schools lose disproportionately more over the summer. Those losses build up and, down the road, can keep a kid from graduating.

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The Education Week Spotlight on Implementing Common Standards

The Education Week Spotlight on Implementing Common Standards is a collection of articles hand-picked EdWeek editors including:

  • Facing the shortage of resources to assist with common-core curriculum development
  • Crafting assessments to measure students' college-readiness
  • "Close reading" of informational texts in the English/language arts common-core curriculum
  • State planning to implement the common standards
  • Balancing common standards alongside the developmental needs of preschoolers
  • Professional development to aid in the transition to the common core

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The Education Week Spotlight on Supporting Instruction in the Common Core

The Education Week Spotlight on Supporting Instruction in the Common Core is a collection of articles hand-picked by the EdWeek editors for their insights on:

  • Providing online professional development opportunities for the common standards
  • Using customized e-textbooks aligned to the common core
  • Forming educator cadres to prepare for common assessments
  • Building capacity for new instructional approaches

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AATSP & Santillana USA Webinar Resources


For those of you joining us for today and tomorrow's webinars here are some resources we hope you find helpful.

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AATSP & Santillana USA Webinar – Sign Up Today! – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

AATSP, in association with Santillana USA Publishing Company, 
is proud to bring you a WEBINAR on the following topic:


Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This educational activity is open to both AATSP members and all interested K-12 Spanish instructors.

Click here for a full description of the webinars and registration information.

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Searching for Spanish-language resources to teach the CCSS? Look here! – Resources for your Spanish Classroom

For those of you desperately seeking quality sources in Spanish that meet the Common Core State Standards, we have good news: help is on the way!

As Spanish-language educators, many of you have already been called upon to help students develop the skills necessary to comply with CCSS. You’ve likely been summoned not only to teach them Spanish, but also to help them improve their general reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills so that they can apply these newly acquired skills in a variety of content areas. It sounds like a good plan, and you’ve probably been doing some of it all along. But this is no easy task, particularly when you’re having difficulty finding the right resources to accomplish your mile-long list of goals. That’s how we figured that, when it comes to looking for good quality sources that can help you meet CCSS, you’ll perhaps appreciate a little extra help.

We’ve always known that, as teachers, you can probably balance ten hats over your head better than anybody else. Still, we thought that, if we could help turn that into nine, we’d sleep a little better. So this was our plan: first, be expeditious in finding out what teachers need; then, align or create materials that meet those needs; and, finally, make those materials easily identifiable so that teachers can readily figure out which materials will best meet his or her CCSS needs.

And so, during our quest to find ways to support our Spanish teachers, we found out that many of you are having difficulty finding high-quality literary and informational texts that build knowledge, enlarge experience, and broaden worldviews. Moreover, we realized that those texts you’ve been searching for must include stories from around the world—in this case, the Spanish-speaking world—and readings from different content areas, with increasing complexity so students can develop the skills and apply them to more and more complex texts.

Okay, so maybe part one of our plan was kind of easy to figure out. And part two—the part where we got to read tons of fun authentic Spanish-language books and to create new programs and anthologies with you in mind—was kind of, well, incredibly fun. So, that takes us to part three of our plan: sharing these wonderful resources with you.

First, click on the following links to look for specific CCSS. After you’ve found which of our resources meet the standards you are looking to teach, you can click on our catalog to find out more about that product or get a free limited-time license to check our online resources. And last, but not least, if you need additional searching for materials that meet your needs, our local reps will be more than happy to assist you in finding exactly what you’re looking for.

Click here if you’re looking for colorful anthologies with authentic literature collections aligned to CCSS. Each grade-appropriate anthology includes 24 readings from different genres, and is divided into three levels of difficulty. Moreover, each reading includes pre- and post-reading activities designed to help support literacy skills.

Click here if you’re looking for high-quality, grade appropriate, authentic texts and literature from 20 different Spanish-speaking countries, all aligned to the CCSS.



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CCSS in the Spanish Classroom

Santillana USA is committed to helping

you implement CCSS effectively in your

Spanish classroom.

  • Professional Development specifically designed/customized to help teachers meet the Common Core Standards in your school and make the shift to engaging, intellectually challenging critical thinking foreign language instruction models.
  • Authentic Spanish as a World Language programs that help students acquire language, literacy and content in Spanish.
  • The largest library of both authentic Spanish fiction selections and informational texts that align to CSS requirements of text complexity, quality and range.

Click here to learn more about our classroom-proven instructional

materials and PD sessions!

Be sure to check out Santillana's Spanish Common Core Sets and receive

digital book samples FREE








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