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

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Excellent quick reference for those jumping ahead in their curriculum design for next year using Essential Questions #sd36learn @jaymctighe #prioritypractices

Here is an outstanding, free resource from the American Association for Advancement of Science – a science misconception database. An excellent source to inform & guide pre- and formative assessments. Please share this with all secondary SCIENCE teachers!

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?

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 -
Check out our book on Essential Questions -
and EQ Quick Reference Guide -

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."

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