Grant Wiggins

is the president of Authentic Education in Hopewell, NJ, which consults with schools, districts and state education departments on many key issues in education. He is perhaps best known for being the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design and The Understanding By Design Handbook, the award-winning and highly successful materials on curriculum. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Over the past 20 years, Grant has worked on some of the most influential reform initiatives in the country, including Vermont’s portfolio system and Ted Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools. He has established statewide Consortia devoted to assessment reform for the states of North Carolina and New Jersey. Grant is the author of Educative Assessment and Assessing Student Performance, both published by Jossey-Bass. Grant earned his EdD from Harvard University and his BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis. His work is grounded in 14 years of secondary school teaching and coaching.