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

Here's an article for any educator serving students who speak languages other than English.
And our new book, Using Understanding by Design in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom, provides many more ideas!

Authentic performance tasks are like the game in athletics—authentic performance is the reason players practice to master the basics and learn strategies. Their relevance brings purpose to learning while providing assessments of outcomes that matter.

We aren’t the only ones who like a fresh start – the chemicals in our brain do, too. h/t @judywillis

For all school leaders and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Here is an article to help frame PLC work this coming school year.

This is a good resource to use in introducing Understanding by Design for new staff OR reviewing key ideas of UbD for experienced ones.

Check out these practical tips for developing student writers from Bruce Oliver.

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