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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FOR CURRiCULM LEADERS: A few spaces are still available for a 1-day workshop on Mapping an Understanding-based Curriculum for 21st Century Learning offered at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit @MCIUlearns (near Philadelphia) on August 15. Register at:

Spaces are still available for a 3-day workshop on Understanding by Design®: Designing Understanding-based Curriculum Units being offered at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit @MCIUlearns (near Philadelphia, PA) on August6-8, 2019. Register here at:

Grant Wiggins and I have written about Empathy as one of the "facets" of understanding. This article offers ideas for cultivating this fundamentals human capacity.

The National Association of Colleges and Employees (NACE) conducts an annual survey of employers asking for a ranking of the most important attributes they look for in candidates. Here is a link to the 2019 report and its latest survey results:

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