Registration is open for the UbD Summer Conference with Jay McTighe

June 26th - 28th, 2018 in Columbia, MD

An experienced educator and noted author, Jay McTighe provides consulting services to schools, districts, regional service agencies and state departments of education. Jay’s professional efforts are devoted to six inter-related educational goals:

• Improving the quality of student thinking

• Mapping the curriculum around “big ideas” and essential questions

• Developing the 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration

• Creating performance assessments for measuring what matters most

• Engaging students in meaningful learning around authentic tasks

• Teaching for understanding and transfer

A popular and effective speaker, Jay McTighe is available for a variety of presentation venues, from Keynote addresses to multi-day workshops. For further information, contact him via e-mail or phone, (410) 531-1610.

Professional Development Resources

UbD + Eduplanet21

Online modules on Performance Tasks – Design & Use

Follow Jay McTighe on Twitter

CLAIM: Good teachers are made, not born. Check out this interesting article from the Economist:

My copy of this book is equally marked up! My main go-to resource for redesigning our entire approach to curriculum in our district!

Our book, Schooling by Design, provides a systemic framework for supporting school and district initiatives through a "backward design" process. We recommend the use of Learning Principles to guide decisions and actions. More info at:

I am partnering with Eduplanet21 on curriculum design software. They have created an intuitive and powerful platform for unit design, sharing and curriculum alignment based on UbD.

Go to: to learn more. Please share with educators who may be interested!

A thought-provoking set of lessons around "fake news" and the Internet.
Checkout "A Conspiracy Video Teaches Kids A Lesson About Fake News":
Listen to the story on NPR

Here is a free, 7-part blog series on the design and use of performance tasks to: 1) promote meaningful and relevant learning experiences and 2) to provide assessment evidence of students' abilities to apply their learning in authentic situations.

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