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World Languages

Understanding Unit Planning Part 3 - Checkpoint B

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) presents  "Understanding Unit Planning Part 3 - Checkpoint B".

Original workshop date:  Wednesday, November 30, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Workshop description:  In this session you will learn how to use Backward Design to prepare a unit for learners at the Checkpoint B level.  You will see examples of how the NYS World Language Standards can be used to define student outcomes and how these standards can be assessed using an Integrated Performance Assessment.  Lastly, you will come away with a variety of tasks that can be used to plan learning experiences for your students in the Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational modes, as well as to increase their intercultural competence.

Link to workshop flyer


Workshop presenter:  Lisa Shepard is an independent consultant who spent the first 29 years of her career teaching French at the secondary level.  During that time she earned her National Board Certification, was chosen as the Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year in 2016, and began publishing her blog, Madame’s Musings.  She is now using her experience with standards-based unit design and proficiency-based instruction to provide professional development to world language teachers around the country.  Lisa is also a #langchat moderator and a frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national conferences. 


Link to Handouts folder from workshop

Link to recording of workshop


Links to post-assessments

Those unable to attend the workshop on November 30th may earn CTLE credit by viewing the recording of the workshop (above) and then answering at least seven out of ten questions correctly on Post-Assessment #1 listed below.  For the convenience of our World Language educators, there are multiple versions of the post-assessment available should the required score not be achieved on the first attempt.  If taking more than one version of the post-assessment, participants must take them in order, starting with Post-Assessment #1.  If the desired score is not achieved, the participant may take subsequent post-assessments in order.  It is NOT permissible to choose which version of the post-assessment to take.  Credit will NOT be awarded to participants who take these post-assessments "out of order".


Workshop Summary 

# of attendees:  250
# of CTLE certificates issued:  190
# of certificates of attendance issued:  60
# of organizations represented by attendees:
122 districts
185 schools
8 partner organizations
2 colleges & universities


Quotes from Participants of this Workshop

“Thank you so much for all of this helpful information! This has been so informative!!!!” ~ Michael B.

“Great Presentation. Thank you so much for these strategies and resources.”       ~ Rosa E.

“Excited to incorporate these in my classroom!” ~ Almaris M.

“Thank you very much, Lisa!!! Absolutely love your guidance!” ~ Kerri S.

“These sessions are excellent.” ~ Patty C.

“This has been awesome! I can't wait to try these out! :)” ~ Meghan C.

“This was fantastic and I hope to turnkey some of the interpretive activities this week so they stick with me! ” ~ Deirdre K.

“Lisa, I appreciate all the ideas you offered.” ~ Leonardo R.

“Great ideas! Great resources!!!” ~ Paola M. 

 “Merci beaucoup Lisa! Formidable (comme d'habitude)!!!” ~ Laura A.