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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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.

The Rigor-Relevance framework is a proven construct for promoting greater intellectual substance and authenticity in assignments, tasks, and projects. It can be used as both an analysis tool and a design framework for curriculum and assessment practices.

Check out this report from the Education Trust
Motivation and Engagement in Student Assignments: The Role of Choice and Relevancy

Here is a great blog post from Judy Willis, M.D. Judy is a board certified neurologist and a K-12 teacher for 10 years. She really understands learning and the brain! She describes the value of applying learning in multiple contexts –

Some reflections and readings for the quiet times... From Brain Pickings, a wonderful, on-line periodical.

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