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The Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook
Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins
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About This Book
Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook extends the ideas presented in Understanding by Design (UbD) by focusing on professional development and the practical matters of curriculum design. The Workbook is a guide for Understanding by Design workshops and undergraduate and graduate-level courses, as well as further independent exploration. It provides a valuable resource to educators in developing curricula and assessments with a focus on developing and deepening students’ understanding of important ideas.
The Workbook contains the following materials to support your professional development and application of the ideas within Understanding by Design:
Design Templates—planning organizers based on the three stages of backward design for use in developing a unit or course. One-, two-, and six-page versions of the UbD templates are provided.
Design Standards—criteria for reviewing curricular designs as a means of continuous improvement. The UbD standards guide self-assessment and peer reviews, whereby colleagues provide feedback and guidance on each other’s designs.
Exercises and Process Tools—thought-provoking workshop activities for developing and deepening participants’ understanding of the key ideas of UbD. A set of review and reflection tools is included.
Design Tools—a variety of graphic organizers and worksheets are included to assist designers in each stage of backward design.
Samples—multiple examples from diverse subject areas and levels illustrate the various elements of understanding-based designs.
Glossary—definitions of key terms.
Preservice and inservice teachers, college professors, school-based administrators, curriculum directors, subject-matter specialists, staff developers, and personnel involved in assessment and evaluation can benefit from these practical and proven ideas and resources.
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About the Authors
Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, McTighe was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education.
Grant Wiggins (1950–2015) was president of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his EdD from Harvard University and his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Wiggins, along with his colleagues, consulted with schools, districts, and state and national education departments on a variety of reform matters. He and his colleagues also organized conferences and workshops and developed print and web resources on key school reform issues.
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