The New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Seminar

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, the China Program Center and the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston will host the 27th New England Chinese Language Teacher Network Seminar in collaboration with STARTALK Programs at UMASS Boston, Boston Renaissance School’s Confucius Classroom, Primary Source, Inc., CLASS (Chinese Language Association for Secondary-Elementary Schools), and Fulbright-Hays Chinese Culture Enrichment Program.

The China Program Center and Confucius Institute at UMass Boston is pleased to present a full-day workshop with education professor and national teacher trainer, Jenifer Eddy, PhD. Participants must enroll by Monday, June 1 at 12pm to complete needs surveys in advance of the seminar.

Jennifer Eddy has worked in various capacities with World Language Education for over 25 years. She designed the UCADAPT protocol aligning Understanding by Design/Backward Design with the National Standards 5Cs (now World Readiness Standards). She recently published two webinars and materials for Better Chinese entitled Uncover Content, Design for Performance: Curriculum Planning and Assessment for Transfer. Dr. Eddy collaborates with the Foreign Language Association of Chairs and Supervisors (FLACS), is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national language conferences on backward design/UbD and performance assessment, and is on the taskforce and Editorial Board of STARTALK at the National Foreign Language Center.

This spring the NECLTN seminar will focus on Language Assessment Design for Performance. There will be limited seating, and the content will best serve public school teachers who are required to meet the National standards at their jobs.

This workshop seeks to answer the questions:

  • "How do we design from the Standards with performance as the goal?"
  • "What does performance assessment look like?"

Conference Agenda

Time Event
9:00-9:15am Check-in Registration
9:15-9:30am Director’s Welcome
Wanli Hu, PhD, Director, The China Program Center, College of Advancing and Professional Studies
9:30-10:00am UMASS Confucius Institute Professional Development and Resources
Baifeng Sun, Director, UMass Boston

(with a 15 min break during time period)
Assessment Design for Performance (Part 1 of 2)
Jennifer Eddy, PhD, Assistant Professor of World Language Education in the department of Secondary Education and Youth Services (SEYS) at Queens College of the City University of New York

This workshop seeks to answer the questions: "How do we design from the Standards with performance as the goal?" and "What does performance assessment look like?"

This workshop will guide participants through a model protocol, aligning backward design specifically with the ACTFL Standards (5Cs).
12:15-1:00pm LUNCH (provided)
1:00-3:15pm Assessment Design for Performance (Part 2)
Jennifer Eddy, Ph.D,

Instructors will learn how to develop transfer tasks within the communicative modes, and plan instruction with 21st Century performance skills and Common Core standards in mind. The workshop is hands-on and interactive with presentation, examples, and discussion.
3:15-3:30pm Seminar Evaluation and Closing Remarks

Schedule, Location, Registration

June 13, 2015
Fee: $25

UMass Boston CAPS Facilities
150 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02125
(next to Doubletree Hotel Bayside, Boston)

To Register:
Registration is closed!

Hosts & Collaboration

- The China Program Center
- Confucius Institute

In Collaboration with:
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More Information

Renee Covalucci
Associate Director
The China Program Center
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel: 617.334.9348
Fax: 617.287.7922