Two-Day UbD Curriculum Design Workshop


How can you design curriculum and learning experiences that make it more likely that students will understand the “big ideas” of content and be able to apply them in meaningful ways? Since 1998, thousands of educators globally, have used the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework® to answer that question and create more rigorous and engaging curricula. Workshop participants will apply a set of practical and proven UbD 2.0 tools and templates to create or refine a unit of study, with an emphasis on Stages 1 and 2 of “backward design.”

More specifically you will learn to:
• apply “backward design” model for the development of curriculum, assessment and instruction;
• use essential questions to frame curriculum and focus on “big” ideas;
• “unpack” Standards to establish curriculum priorities and determine content worthy of deep understanding;
• explore six “facets” of understanding and their implications for assessing understanding;
• apply selected design tools to create authentic performance tasks for engaging learners and measuring what                matters most; and
• access a large collection of UbD-supportive web based resources.

School and district leaders will receive practical ideas and resources for leading and sustaining UbD in their settings.

One-Day Workshop on Teaching for Understanding*


Join Jay McTighe, co-author of the Understanding by Design Framework®, in a workshop on teaching for understanding and deep learning.

How does teaching for deep understanding differ from “coverage-oriented” instruction?  What instructional techniques are most effective for developing and deepening student understanding of important ideas and processes? How can we teach so that students can transfer their learning?  How might we differentiate instruction and assessment without lowering standards?  What observable indicators are evident in classrooms in which teaching for understanding and the authentic application of knowledge are emphasized?

More specifically you will learn to:
• examine the A.M.T. framework for helping students Acquire factual knowledge and basic skills, Make                Meaning of “big ideas,” and Transfer their learning to new situations;
• view video examples of teachers applying these practices in various subjects and grades;
• apply the W.H.E.R.E.T.O. elements for instructional planning;
• review strategies for appropriately differentiating instruction;
• examine formative assessment techniques for enhancing learning and performance;
• identify observable indicators (classroom “look fors”) of teaching for understanding and transfer; and
• review print and Internet resources to support Teaching for Understanding

*You can register for this 1-day workshop on June 28  – OR – as a continuation of the 2-day workshop, June 26-27.


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