In this participatory workshop, you will develop ESOL instructional units using the backward design approach, which aligns learning outcomes, assessments, activities, and the MA English Language Proficiency Standards. 

Please note: You will access Zoom and other support materials via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to nruskin@edc.org.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

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

In this online, multi-session workshop, we will examine the components of a thematic ESOL unit plan and walk through the Backward Design approach to instructional planning. You will develop two unit plans—one collaboratively during the virtual sessions with a small group and one individually during the independent, asynchronous sessions. Workshop facilitators will review everyone’s unit plans and offer constructive feedback.

The workshop is based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL, Standard Four: Curriculum and Instructional Planning.

The series includes three facilitated virtual sessions and three asynchronous, independent modules, all accessed through Blackboard. Participation in all three webinars and the independent modules is required.

Module 1:  The course opens with about an hour of independent work (September 8, 2023)

Module 2:  2-hour virtual session A (September 13, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Module 3:  1 hour of independent work (interim session)

Module 4:  2-hour virtual session B (September 27, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Module 5:  1 hour of independent work (interim session)

Module 6:  2-hour virtual session C (October 4, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

The SABES ESOL PD Center offers coaching to follow up on this PD event. If you are interested in arranging a coach, please contact Dori McCormack at dmccormack@edc.org.

    Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the three stages of the Backward Design approach to curriculum development
  • Describe the key design elements in planning an ESOL instructional unit
  • Apply the three stages of Backward Design to develop a thematic ESOL unit plan
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
09/08/2023 - 8:00 am
09/13/2023 - 1:00 pm to 09/13/2023 - 3:00 pm
09/27/2023 - 1:00 pm to 09/27/2023 - 3:00 pm
10/04/2023 - 1:00 pm to 10/04/2023 - 3:00 pm
End Date

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Learners
MA ELPS (Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards)
PDP Eligible