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 An online community of practice supporting ESOL practitioners as they develop ESOL unit plans, following the Backward Design approach to curriculum and instructional planning.  



The community of practice is designed for participants to work on their program’s ESOL unit plans, share their work, questions and insights, and receive feedback and guidance from the CoP facilitator and other participants.  The Backward Design approach, originated by Wiggins and McTighe, will be used, helping teachers align the desired learning outcomes, evidence of learning, and learning activities of the unit.


The CoP lasts six weeks, with an estimated time commitment of one-two hours each week, not all of it online.  The CoP is run through the Blackboard learning management system and upon registering, participants will be enrolled in a Bb course.  All materials will be provided through Bb.  

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Through this CoP, participants will be able to:
  • Apply the three stages of backward design to design at least two ESOL thematic units
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 


Participation in a face-to-face workshop on ESOL Unit Planning Using Backward Design, or equivalent.

01/19/2016 - 9:00am
End Date: 
02/26/2016 - 5:00pm
PD Center: 


SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum and Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ESOL/English Language Learner
PDP Eligible: 
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