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Thousands of educators across the country use the Understanding by Design framework, created by the late Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, to get a handle on standards, align programs to assessments, and guide teachers in implementing a standards-based curriculum that leads to student understanding and achievement.
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Note: The UbD Exchange was retired in November 2013. UbD users who want to share information can join the Understanding by Design Group on ASCD EDge.
ASCD EDge, ASCD's free professional networking community for educators, has a group dedicated to Understanding by Design.
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The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units
The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units
Schooling by Design
Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design
Understanding by Design, Expanded 2nd Edition
Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook
Making the Most of Understanding by Design
Check back for webinars about Understanding by Design.
This video brings the essential questions process to life with scenes from both a seminar taught by Grant Wiggins and classrooms where teachers are successfully using essential questions in their instruction.
Additional videos featuring the Understanding by Design framework include:
Date: March 23–24, 2017
Location: Anaheim, California
Presenters: Jay McTighe, McTighe and Associates, Columbia, MD; Elizabeth Rossini, ASCD Consultant, Fairfax, VA
In this Empower17 Pre-Conference Institute, apply the principles and practices of the Understanding by Design framework and Schooling by Design to transform the standards and 21st century skills into a coherent curriculum that emphasizes understanding and long-term transfer.
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The following ASCD Faculty members are available for on-site capacity-building professional development about Understanding by Design.
Author Jay McTighe leads ASCD's Understanding by Design cadre and brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education.
Understanding by Design cadre members include:
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