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In this participatory workshop, you will develop instructional units using the backward design approach, which aligns learning activities with the desired learning outcomes.


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 focuses on designing instructional units for effective teaching and learning. The Backward Design approach, developed in the 1990s by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTeague, helps you connect the purpose and desired results of your teaching with how your learners will demonstrate their learning. During the workshop, you will analyze a sample ESOL unit to uncover the essential elements of this 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 work on and refine during this workshop. 

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
12/01/2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
TPS/BCC Adult Education Partnership- Rm 128
2 Silver City Galleria Mall
Taunton, MA 02780
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
College and Career Readiness
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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