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Developing English Language Development Units: Hands-on Workshop (N-2)


Several ESL teachers and supervisors in New Jersey developed exemplar language development units integrating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and WIDA’s English Language Development (ELD) standards. The presenters will identify the key components of the units and describe the backward design process that was used. Two unit developers will share their work (one elementary and one middle/secondary) and describe how they chose their theme, materials, activities, and examples of student work. During the second part of the workshop, you will have the opportunity and support to begin developing your own unit. You are encouraged to attend with a partner or a team from your school or district.

Who Should Attend?

K-12; ESL teachers and their general education co-teacher, if applicable 

What Will I Learn?

In this workshop, you will
  • identify key components of ELD curriculum units
  • critically examine New Jersey unit exemplars
  • use a backward design to develop units
  • begin to design an ELD unit that encompasses CCSS and ELD standards
  • incorporate best practices for ELLs into unit activities

About the Workshop Leaders

Barbara Tedesco, M.A.T., a former ESL teacher, supervisor, director of curriculum and school principal, is currently co-founder and consultant for Language & Literacy Associates for Multilingual and Multicultural Education (LLAMAME, LLC).

Elizabeth Franks, Ed.D., a former ESL/bilingual teacher and supervisor is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers, the State University, and is co-founder and consultant for LLAMAME, LLC.

Tedesco and Franks facilitated the Unit Exemplar Project for the New Jersey Department of Education.