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.

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Online modules on Performance Tasks – Design & Use

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Harvey Silver and I are writing a book filled with practical and proven strategies & tools to engage students in making meaning and prepare them to transfer their learning. Sections on 21st century skills include Inquiry, Argumentation, Decision Making, and Design.

SCALE has just released new Units for the Stanford University's Integrated Curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). New units (3 and 4 of the 7th Grade Integrated Curriculum) as well as previous units, are accessible at:

A school district shares how they use career-focused project-based learning to introduce students to a variety of careers starting in kindergarten. #PBL #PBLchat #edchat #education #teachers

Are schools assessing all valued learning outcomes or only things that are easiest to test? Researchers at MIT are attempting to assess skills such as creativity, critical thinking and curiosity using a "playful assessment" approach.

The Future of Children Journal (Princeton University) published a theme issue on Social and Emotional Learning. You can download the full issue from this website.

What is rigor? My conception of rigor is not a greater amount of, more difficult or esoteric knowledge. I think of rigor as the kind of learning that prepares students to apply (transfer) their learning to increasingly novel, complex and authentic situations.

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