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Understanding by Design in English Language Arts: Grades 4 to 9

Facilitator(s): Irene Heffel
Date:February 05, 2020
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
$50.00 (CAD)
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 20-LI-169

Target Audience

Teachers (Grades 4-9)

About this learning opportunity

Understanding by Design (UbD) in English Language Arts is a tool for educational planning focused on “teaching for understanding”. The emphasis of UbD is in backward design – the practice of looking at outcomes first in order to design curriculum units, performance assessments and classroom instruction. (Designed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe). Research on learning has conclusively shown students need to see the BIG PICTURE if they are to be able to make sense of their lessons, and, especially, transfer their learning to new lessons, new issues and problems and real-world situations. Participants will learn how to prioritize curriculum and use it for more refined planning. This session will focus on the English Language Arts curriculum.

This learning opportunity is being subsidized through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Irene Heffel is a literacy consultant and educator with over 35 years of experience at all levels. She has worked with both elementary and secondary teachers to implement best practices in literacy, assessment and backward design.