Planning Process for Student Centered Lessons

Focus Area: Teachership


Phase: Targeted Support

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As teachers, one of our most sacred roles is designing meaningful learning. Increasingly, research shows the connection between this intentional design of outcomes and tasks that prioritize the student learning environment and experience. Centering students as we design learning helps ensure high engagement and deep learning, while accounting for the variability of daily classroom life. In this virtual workshop, we will define what it means to design student centered lessons, as well as explore planning best practices, no matter what format, template, or content you use. 


This workshop is optimized for classroom teachers and para-educators, as well as instructional coaches. This is not meant to replace existing planning expectations by a district, but rather to unpack key ideas in backwards design.


  •  2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


I integrate supports that enable all students to access key concepts.

Learning Experience


  • We will unpack the idea behind ‘designing’ learning instead of lesson planning.
  • Components of student centered design, including threaded learning, discourse, backwards planning, and tasks.


  • Real lesson plan examples and use the lesson checklist to assess the lesson’s student centered scale
  • Review data points to inform designing learning lessons, and review a shared process for planning


  • A shared plan for learning in small groups, and share the plans with peers to elicit feedback, ‘pivot points’ and anticipate challenges