ESL Unit Developers SIG

The ESL Unit Developers SIG is a collaborative network for K-12 teachers throughout the state who are interested in creating, implementing, and sharing ESL curriculum units that reflect WIDA ELD standards and MA DESE expectations, as currently outlined in the Next Generation ESL Project: Curriculum Resource Guide.

The goal of the ESL Unit Developers SIG is to facilitate collaboration in writing, reviewing, implementing, and sharing standards-based units* in order to promote effective English language development for EL students state-wide.
*In this remote learning period, we are also developing and sharing lessons to support ELs and ESL teachers.

Some of our activities include:

  • Sharing and developing K-12 ESL units, both individually and collaboratively

  • Reviewing and providing feedback to one another on developed units and those in progress
  • Educating and advocating K-12 teachers throughout the state on the process of unit development
  • Providing suggestions for adaptations of lessons and units (MCUs, units developed by SIG members, or textbook-based units)
  • Discussing units relevant to participants’ grade levels in breakout sessions

Meetings are open to current MATSOL Members at no charge. 

  • Non-Members: Join MATSOL and choose "ESL Unit Developers" as a special interest group.
  • Members: Update your member profile and choose "ESL Unit Developers" as a special interest group.

The ESL Unit Developers SIG E-List is open to current MATSOL members. Members will be automatically subscribed to the E-list when they choose the Educators of Color SIG in registration. If you'd like to join this E-list manually, please read instructions for subscribing to an E-List.


For the academic year of 2023-24, The ESL Unit Developers SIG will meet via online ZOOM Meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4:30 - 5:30 PM:

  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 15
  • December 20
  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 22
See the MATSOL Calendar for more information.
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Agendas, meeting minutes, and other resources.

ESL Unit Developers SIG Steering Committee

Jessica Pulzetti, Kerry DeJesus, Liana Parsons, Susannah DiMauro