Bridging Content and Language with Next Generation ESL

Professional Development


This course will provide participants with an orientation to the principles and commitments of Next Generation ESL, the current ESE curriculum and instructional framework for teaching English Learners. Participants will learn how the framework weaves together standards based content and explicit language instruction to improve teaching and learning for ELs. Participants will then apply these principles to their own teaching context and analyze published ESL Model Curriculum Units. Finally, teaching teams will use the Collaboration Tool to draft a unit foundation, including writing focus language goals (content-connected, high-leverage academic language learning goals), that can be used for subsequent development of ESL units of study and/or integrated Content/ESL Units.

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and rationale of the Next Generation ESL framework.
  • Explain the components of Next Generation ESL, including definition of ESL instruction in MA, theory of action, Collaboration Tool, Curriculum Templates, Model Curriculum Units, etc.
  • Establish knowledge of second language acquisition theory, fundamentals of systemic functional linguistics, and sociocultural aspects of learning.
  • Describe relevant frameworks on which Next Generation ESL is built and analyze their importance to language learners including WIDA Standards, Universal Design for Learning, Academic Language, contingent pedagogy, formative assessment and critical stance.
  • Describe essential aspects of the Understanding by Design framework, and understand the structure of the three stages in an ESL Model Curriculum Units.
  • Work with colleagues to draft the foundation of an ESL/ Content unit using the Collaboration Tool.

Audience and Grade Level

Open to all K-12 teachers, curriculum and instruction leaders and administrators.

Because an important course goal is to create the foundation of a unit for future development, enrollment priority will be given to district teams of 2-4 educators.  


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 15 PDPs will satisfy the ELL-related requirement for recertification.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.