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CURRICULUM DESIGN: AMPLIFYING ENGLISH LEARNERS’ QUALITY ENGAGEMENT IN DISCIPLINARY PRACTICES

HUMANITIES SESSION*

Curricula that prepare students for successful navigation of 21st century demands need to resemble the stances, skills, and knowledge that will be needed in an ever-changing society. This institute is based on the premise that quality education prepares students to be thoughtful, discerning, critical individuals who can express their opinion effectively, listen to others or read others’ texts critically, and in general act in personally and socially responsible ways. Thus, quality curriculum and lessons need to address the development of this expertise.

We start with the premise that quality curriculum is the means to the development of 21st century skills. It has to be potent, coherent, and invite students to work at the edge of their competence. While keeping these ambitious goals in mind, lessons have to specifically address the situated needs of a class. A good lesson design, then, is robust so that it meets general goals and needs and it also has to be flexible to address the variability of students present in a class. Thus, the goals of this institute are twofold: to address general guidelines for unit and lesson design, and to consider how to flexibly and contingently adapt lessons as they are enacted. Using examples from pre-existing lesson exemplars and videos, participants will explore design principles and situated adaptations. Some of the themes participants will learn in this institute include:

  • How to cluster a potent set of goals and standards to guide the design of lessons and units

  • How to design a demonstration that will enable teachers to assess the accomplishment of lesson goals

  • How to construct the pedagogical arrangements that will take English Learners from where they are at the beginning of the lesson to the accomplishment of objectives

  • How to follow a productive lesson architecture in their design

  • How to prioritize quality interactions to increase accessibility and quality student engagement

  • How to analyze pre-existing lessons to strengthen and amplify them

*Pre-requisite: Having completed a QTEL Building the Base institute

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Aída Walqui

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