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

Webinar 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 webinar flyer

Webinar 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 webinar

Link to recording of webinar

Links to post-assessments

To receive a certificate of completion (including a CTLE certificate), NYS educators must view the recording of the webinar (see link above) in its entirety and then answer at least seven out of ten questions correctly on the post assessment.  If the minimum required score (7 out of 10) is achieved, the educator will receive a certificate via email within an hour.  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.  Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.

Important notes:

  1. Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.  Credit will not be given for taking a single version of the post assessment more than once. 
  2. Credit will not be given for more than one passing score on any of the post assessments for a webinar (listed below) in a single academic year.  
  3. Educators may receive credit for viewing the webinar recording and passing a post assessment once in each academic year and are encouraged to take a different version of the post assessment on a yearly basis to review and test their knowledge of the webinar's content. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the individual educator to keep track of the information on the professional learning they complete each year, including the number of CTLE hours.
  5. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (585) 356-0951 or at

Webinar 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 Webinar

  • “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.

(last updated 9/5/2022)