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Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook

  • Title:Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook
  • Author:Jay McTighe, Grant Wiggins
  • Publication Date:2004
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9780871208552
  • Publisher:ASCD

Implementing popular Understanding by Design® program is much easier when you use this in-depth resource for workshops, curriculum teams, and teacher training. This collection of templates, design tools, examples, and exercises helps you give all staff members a firm grasp of key UbD principles, including

  • How to use backward design to align curriculum with assessment and instruction.
  • Why to focus curriculum on the “big ideas” in your content standards.
  • Which learning activities are more apt to enable students to achieve desired results.

Give staff members at all levels clear action steps they need in every stage of the UbD process, including:

  • Drafting curriculum units based on essential questions.
  • Creating performance tasks and rubrics for assessing student understanding in any subject.
  • Organizing, sequencing, and guiding classroom learning experiences.

Included are steps for conducting a peer review of unit designs plus process steps to guide your implementation of UbD systemwide.


Author Bio

Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. Jay is well known for his work with "thinking skills”. Jay is an accomplished author, having co-authored eleven books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has written more than thirty articles and book chapters, and has published in a number of leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and The Developer (National Staff Development Council). Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops.

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