Understanding by Design Curriculum and Framework

May 10, 2018  |  8:30 AM – 3:30 PM  |   $300 for Non-Members

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Our professional development is designed to be rich, customized and challenging in order to best assist educators, thus strengthening the potential of our region.

Time Frame: 2 days

Target Audience: 
Curriculum directors, subject area specialists, teacher leaders, members of curriculum committees, school-based administrators

Workshop Description: This workshop explores the mutually beneficial connection between Understanding by Design and curriculum mapping. We will explore the underlying principles of these mutually supportive approaches, and learn practical strategies for constructing more coherent and results-oriented curricula. A variety of excellent Internet-accessible examples and resources will be shared.
 More specifically, participants will be actively engaged in examining several key questions:

  • In what ways can Understanding by Design guide curriculum mapping?
  • How can we insure a more coherent curriculum – from the learner’s point of view?
  • How does “backward design” apply to curriculum mapping?
  • What’s wrong with “diary” mapping?
  • How do overarching elements insure a proper curriculum spiraling?
  • What is the role of recurring “cornerstone” assessments in vertical maps?
  • How might we work smarter and more effectively in curriculum planning?

Equity Problem of Practice:


What happens when learners’ access to standards-based core instruction is limited due to preconceived deficits and skill gaps?

Equity-based Solution:

Understanding by Design Curriculum and Framework with Jay McTighe

Facilitator: Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is an accomplished author, having co-authored 14 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has served as the director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium and has been involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead Maryland’s standards-based reforms, including the development of performance-based statewide assessments.

WMEP Professional Learning Center

4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 100
Golden Valley MN 55422

WMEP Member Registration

Participants must have district approval to register for the yearlong leadership series. Please email your district’s Future-Forward Leadership contact below if you’re interested in attending. This individual will verify your eligibility for participation in the 2017-2018 Future-Forward Leadership Series: