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Kansas schools educate students to be proficient in English and other world languages so that they will be engaged participants in a global society.  Content on this webpage is intended to meet this purpose: “to improve the quality and support the growth of teaching and learning of world languages in Kansas.”



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World Languages Photo Gallery

Please feel free to send photos of World Language events in your school.  Please include a date and a short caption.

Visiting International Teachers from Spain during their orientation week in July, 2019. The guest teachers participate in professional development sessions to help them begin to adapt to their new home away from home. They also purchase cars, set up their homes and meet their community mentors this week.

Approximately 25 students spent four weeks on the University of Kansas campus this past summer to learn Swahili through the STARTALK initiative. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. At the end of the four weeks, students performed skits, sang songs, and displayed the artwork they created from lessons on culture.

Professor Oleksandra Wallo of the University of Kansas teaches students some skills for studying abroad for a summer in Ukraine. The Open Language Resource Center at the University of Kansas is one of sixteen federally-funded National Foreign Language Resource Centers working to increase the nation's capacity to teach and learn world languages.  The World Languages Fair is envisioned as an annual event that brings together K-12 language students and teachers throughout the region. For more information, please see the Open Language Resource Center website at olrc.ku.edu.

Leigh Rysko is the 2020 Kansas World Languages Association Teacher of the Year. Leigh teaches Spanish at Shawnee Mission South High School. Their students participate in the Amigos de Las Americas program. This program enables students to travel to meet one another and to connect more deeply to the culture and community of amigos in other countries. Leigh also taught in Iquitos, Peru as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher.

World Languages General Information

These documents have general information relevant to all World Language educators. Information on standards, assessments, visiting international teachers, and world language resources can be found using the "World Languages Quick Links" above.
World Language AssessmentsEasy access to Kansas Benchmark (performance) assessment documents, and links to national and/or international summative assessments. This link is also located in the World Languages Quick Links in the upper right hand corner of the page.
World Language ResourcesDocuments and links pertain to advocacy, instruction, special projects, and professional development. This link is also located in the World Languages Quick Links in the upper right hand corner of the page.

World Languages
Program Consultant

Regina Peszat
(785) 296-1891

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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