Dr. Jennifer Eddy is a tenured 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. Dr. Eddy teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for initial and professional certification as well as writes curriculum, designs performance assessments, and directs workshops, webinars and seminars for in-service teachers.
Dr. Eddy has worked in various capacities with World Language Education for 27 years. She taught Spanish K- graduate school and began teaching methods and curriculum design in 1990. After years of seeing the profession excluded from UbD initiatives at various professional development venues, she designed the UCADAPT protocol aligning Understanding by Design/Backward Design with the National Standards 5Cs (now World Readiness Standards) in 2003, using cultural perspectives as a thematic curricular framer for Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions and the communication standard as stage two of UbD. Dr. Eddy has implemented this protocol in schools, districts and universities across the country. She presents her work at conferences, in webinars and in published articles. The teacher training program at Queens College is itself designed through UbD. The World Language Education program uses UCADAPT for unit, assessment, and lesson design. NY State school districts and nationwide request this professional development and have implemented this protocol for curriculum design.
Dr. Eddy recorded five television broadcasts on performance assessment and thematic unit design and wrote accompanying publications for the educational television network of the Department of Education of South Carolina specifically for their world language curriculum reform initiative. For three years, she was a consultant for Grant Wiggins’ Authentic Education and an author for their publication, Big Ideas. Dr. Eddy created the online assessment design guide From Text to Transfer, for NYU language programs to develop performance tasks in all languages. She developed the Online Curriculum Guide as well as the multimedia/webinar workshop Planning for Performance with Backward Design for STARTALK, an NSLI funded project providing student and teacher programs across the country in critical languages. She has presented for the South Asia Institute at Columbia University, the Maine Chinese Language Conference and the L2Trec Immersion conference on performance assessment and transfer. Dr. Eddy was keynote speaker for Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) and Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ). She directs the Leadership Institute for the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC) on thematic curriculum design and performance assessment. She is currently finishing Planning for Performance: Designing your Program in African Languages (PAL), a publication for the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and the National African Language Resource Center (NALRC).
Dr. Eddy is author of Sonidos, Sabores, Y Palabras (2006, Heinle/Cengage), the first book using songs and lyrics as authentic material for performance assessment within a backward design framework, articles on the arts and language learning, standards-based curriculum and performance assessment, and a book chapter for the People’s University Press of Beijing. She is co-author of the Pearson Education publication, Starting with the End in Mind, on designing articulated language programs with Backward Design and performance assessments. Dr. Eddy’s work is featured prominently throughout the NCLRC publication, Teaching World Languages: A practical Guide (2014). Dr. Eddy is currently finishing World Languages NYC, a curriculum guide and multimedia materials for the NYCDOE. She is frequent presenter at local, state, regional and national language conferences on backward design/UbD and performance assessment and is on the taskforce of STARTALK at the National Foreign Language Center.