Seattle Public Schools
For the Teacher:
The workshop uses a protocol aligning Backward Design with the National Standards to guide Seattle Integrated Certification Cohort (SILCC) teachers in developing curricular units. Teachers see how themes and Big Ideas unfold over the course of a program and design key performance assessments for a unit of their program. This is particularly valuable for the critical language teacher who is often alone and must learn to design curriculum and assessment. The workshop aligns STARTALK-endorsed principles with performance assessment goals and models techniques and technologies for teachers to use with their own students. Teachers develop a unit plan based on STARTALK templates using Backward Design, focusing on what students understand, know, can use, and are able to do. In addition, teachers design a Voicethread, creating a virtual gallery walk for online collaboration and feedback.
For the Faculty:
This workshop guides SILCC certification/teacher education faculty on using Backward Design to revise and retool their certification sequence. We develop key concept ideas, understandings, and essential questions that are uncovered throughout the program and over the lifetime of the teacher in the profession. Faculty align and embed STARTALK-endorsed principles and key assessments that demonstrate across all coursework, including those not specifically about world language education. We examine performance assessment goals and model tasks ideal for implementation across certification coursework. A section on NCATE assessment requirements and how these principles address those is included for those teacher education programs wishing to develop a cohort or summer alternative program. Faculty develop an integrated cohort plan for their course including key performance assessments and STARTALK principles aligned with those performances, demonstrating what candidates understand, know, can use, and are able to do. In addition, faculty design a Voicethread, creating a virtual gallery walk for online collaboration and feedback.
- Standard-Based Curriculum