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

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Online modules on Performance Tasks – Design & Use

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Video: Why Perfect Grades Don't Matter.
Description: Research shows that chasing after perfect grades discourages creativity and reduces academic risk-taking; good grades don't always translate into life success. What do you think?
https://t.co/Pn1B78WzuB

Here's a nice visual summary of practical strategies that can help students make meaning from texts.

How to Make Your Questions Essential. See the article by Grant Wiggins and Denise Wilbur - https://t.co/FmtlsOPT7w
Check out our book on Essential Questions - https://t.co/oBOCHOfPo5
and EQ Quick Reference Guide - https://t.co/Qm5NBO3oFM

A veteran science teacher reflects on the transition toward a more student-directed inquiry approach --"I witnessed what I believe is at the heart of the NGSS: Wrestling with messy, open-ended questions allowed students to understand the content more deeply."

Check out Tips for New Teachers from my friend, Mark Wise, and his colleague, Beth Pandolpho:
https://t.co/ZjItupMBRh
Mark is the creator the amazing Global Challenge project: https://t.co/098vm9lpkr

When well designed authentic performance tasks:
• bring relevance to schoolwork since they reflect “real world” uses of knowledge
• call for application of learning to a new situation; thus, revealing students’ understanding
• can naturally involve the 21st century skills

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