Sandy is a national and international educational consultant with more than three decades of experiences that traverse multiple disciplines: developmental neuropsychology, language and literacy development, curriculum design and inquiry-based pedagogical practices, formative and performance-based assessment, culture and international mindedness in education, and learner variability. Weaving together these multiple perspectives has been a cornerstone of her professional work across a variety of positions—school leader, teacher, mentor, professional educator, researcher, advocate, clinician, and program designer—in a wide variety of settings: higher education; PreK-12 schools; clinical settings; and, not-for-profit organizations.

Sandy’s knowledge of how the mind develops frames her understanding of how students learn and how to apply that understanding to the design of educational practice. Sandy has a B.A. from State University of New York at Albany, a M.Ed. from Northeastern University, an Ed.M from Harvard University, and an Ed.D from Harvard University. Currently, in addition to her affiliation with McTighe and Associates, Sandy works with international non-profits focusing on literacy education and curriculum development.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Understanding by Design
  • Macro Curriculum Design and Planning
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • The Brain and Learning
  • Literacy and Language Development
  • Inquiry-Based Instruction: Thinking to Learn
  • Formative Assessments and Performance-Based Tasks
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Learner Variability

Available for consulting work in:

  • North America
  • International locations on all continents