Our Background in World Languages
The New York State BOCES system is a collection of public organizations that were created by the New York State Legislature in 1948 to provide shared educational programs and services to school districts.
At Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, we strive to provide innovative leadership, programs, and services in response to the emerging education needs of our school districts. In the field of World Languages, our BOCES has brought together teachers from our region for over twenty years to articulate needs within the field of World Languages and to collaboratively share best practices with each other via regional World Language Network meetings.
In 2006, we received a Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant for the development of a Chinese Language and Culture Initiative (CLACI) that was offered via distance learning. Based on the success of this initiative, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES was proud to be one of only twelve recipients across the United States that were awarded a second FLAP grant in 2010. The Asia Society named our program one of their 100 nationally recognized Confucius Classrooms. The recognition that our CLACI earned has spurred further growth in other distance learning programs. We have been in the forefront of Distance Learning and World Languages programs in New York State by providing school districts with the opportunity to offer courses and checkpoint exams in American Sign Language, Chinese, and Social Studies sequential and elective courses via Distance Learning. To learn more about our Distance Learning program, please click here.
Over the years, many of our exam-leaders have earned recognition for their achievements in the field of World Languages education, including roles as items writers for the former Proficiency and Regents Examinations in LOTE, College Board consultant, Advanced Placement question and table leader, adjunct college professors, department chairpersons, item writers and scorers for Pearson© testing services, members and leaders of NYSAFLT, members of ACTF,L and presenters at the ACTFL national conference.