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PEDC 9104 Backwards by Design: Meeting Student Learning Objectives 
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Janice McLachlan  August 1-30, November 1-30, January 3-30, February 1-28
University of the Pacific

Learn how to increase student understanding and classroom achievement by integrating a backwards by design approach to your instructional planning and facilitation to meet Student Learning Objectives and Common Core Standards.  The work of Wiggins and McThighe, “Understanding by Design,” will be the focus of the course.  This backwards instructional framework, supported by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development ("ASCD"), begins at the end, with three major stages: first; educators will learn to identify desired results, second; educators will determine proper evidence and assessment strategies to support the desired results and third; educators will design classroom experiences that will help to make these results occur to meet Student Learning Objectives and competency levels. A backwards design model will train educators to design their curriculum and instruction to look at the “big picture.” Educators will create various assessments, activities and performance tasks to promote enduring student understanding through inquiry-based learning techniques and the craft of questioning.  Learn how to create motivating and relevant learning experiences for your students to meet individual student education goals and the Common Core Standards by determining what constitutes acceptable student outcomes and evidence of content mastery to take back to the classroom. Educators will explore how to integrate technology into this process.  This course is appropriate for all educators to engage students by using the backwards design model including Guidance Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, ELA, Math, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Science, The Arts, Physical and Special Educators, N-12.