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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This is a good example of the value of teachers trying out an assignment or performance task, especially if it’s one that have not previously used.

My wife is a veteran art teacher who always developed at least one sample of art work she wanted kids to produce. Now in her work with student teachers in art, she is helping them building this valuable habit. Do teachers in other subjects regularly do this for tasks & projects?

@ShakeUpLearning @jaymctighe Currently reading Tomlinson/McTighe Differentiated Instruction and UbD... Many commonalities, especially in chapter 4 that make interesting reading straight after #shakeuplearning

I consider Tom Guskey a leading authority on matters of grading. His recommendations are always informed by research. When Tom talks, people should listen!

When children are exposed to constant or toxic stress, the "thinking" brain gets blocked, limiting their ability to perform or even self-regulate behavior in school. Here are 3 ways to counter the effects of stress on the brain.

Alex reminds us that inexpensive whiteboards can be used in nearly all subject area to help teachers: 1) actively involve all students in responding, 2) quickly assess misconceptions. No expensive technology needed!

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