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In this participatory workshop, you will develop instructional units using the Backward Design approach, which aligns desired learning outcomes, assessment, and activities.


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers and directors involved in writing ESOL unit plans for their program’s curriculum

This four-hour workshop on Backward Design focuses on designing instructional units for effective learning. The Backward Design approach, originated by Wiggins and McTighe [1], helps you connect the desired results of your teaching (i.e., learner outcomes) with how your learners will demonstrate their learning (i.e., assessments), and then plan the learning activities that will help your learners reach these outcomes. During the workshop, you will analyze a sample ESOL unit to uncover the essential elements of the Backward Design approach and then design a unit of your own. We ask that you bring sample units from your program’s ESOL Scope and Sequence to build on, refine, and share with colleagues. 

[1] One of several articles and books on the topic:

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three stages of backward design
  • Analyze the key design elements in planning a unit
  • Apply the three stages of Backward Design to design a thematic unit


09/21/2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
The Immigrant Learning Center
442 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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