World Languages

 

Jennifer Hernandez,
Director, Office of World Languages

Kimberley Shinozaki
Coordinator

Jodi Grosser,
Supervisor

Ashley Beemer McCarthy
Specialist

Stephanie Gerhold, Resource Teacher
Kerline Lubin-Grant, Resource Teacher

Emee Abellana, Administrative Secretary III

Jefferson Building, 3rd Floor
105 W. Chesapeake Ave.
Towson, MD 21204
443-809-6756
Fax: 410-494-4575

globe with the expression welcome in several world languages


Mission
The mission of the Office of World Languages is to create globally competitive college and career ready students by institutionalizing a proficiency model in World Languages curriculum and instruction based on the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, the 21st Century Framework for Teaching and Learning, and College and Career Readiness Standards. The Office of World Languages oversees the development of standards-based, proficiency-focused curricula and provides support and training for teachers in grades 4 – 12 to ensure that curricula are implemented with fidelity for all students. All foreign exchange student applications are also processed through the Office of World Languages. Through our diverse, real-world experiences in the curricula and sustained external and  internal partnerships, the Office of World Languages aims to prepare students to earn the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy. 

Objectives
Continue to design and revise World Languages curricula and integrated performance assessments to align with national, state, and common core standards using digital content and authentic resources, and create a tiered structure that will support non-leveled courses in grades 6-8.

Fully implement the elementary Passport program in grades 4 and 5 to support students becoming proficient in a second language. 

Continue to provide ongoing, job-embedded, high-quality professional learning for administrators, STAT teachers, elementary Spanish teachers, and elementary classroom teachers in Passport Schools.

Continue to provide ongoing, job-embedded, high-quality professional learning for administrators, STAT teachers, and World Languages classroom teachers in grades 6-12 to support the shift to a proficiency model.

Continue to provide support to teachers on current research-based strategies to implement a proficiency-based curriculum focused on the goal of effective communication in a second language.

The Office provides instruction in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.  It supports world language magnet programs at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School and Deer Park Magnet Middle School