In this participatory workshop, you will develop ESOL lesson plans using the Backward Design approach, which aligns learning objectives, assessments, activities, and the MA ELPS benchmarks.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. 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 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 of students at any language proficiency level

In this online, multisession workshop, we will examine the components of an ESOL unit plan and walk through the Backward Design approach to instructional planning. You will develop two lesson 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 lesson plans and offer constructive feedback.

The workshop is based on the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult ESOL, Standard 4: Curriculum and Instructional Planning.

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

2/28/24: Module 1:  The course opens with approximately 1 hour of independent pre-work. 

3/6/24: Module 2:  2-hour virtual session  

3/7 - 3/19/24: Module 3:  1.5 hours of independent work (interim session)  

3/20/24: Module 4:  2-hour virtual session  

3/21 - 4/19/24: Module 5:  1.5 hours of independent work (interim session)  

4/3/24: Module 6:  2-hour virtual session 

Total PD hours: 10

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.

Please note:  This course is not available for recordings only. If you are interested in this topic, but are unable to attend all of the sessions as outlined here, please see our resource collection on the SABES website at: https://sabes.org/pd-center-resources/34

    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 instructional planning
  • Describe the key elements in an ESOL lesson plan
  • Apply the three stages of Backward Design to develop an ESOL lesson plan
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
02/28/2024 - 8:00 am
03/06/2024 - 3:00 pm to 03/06/2024 - 5:00 pm
03/20/2024 - 3:00 pm to 03/20/2024 - 5:00 pm
04/03/2024 - 3:00 pm to 04/03/2024 - 5:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
Curriculum Development
ESOL/English Learners
MA ELPS (Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards)
Professional Standards