What it Means for You: Begin the Work of Aligning Your Curriculum With the Common Core Standards Using the Understanding by Design Process


Speaker: Grant Wiggins


SKU: 162-102712

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It’s official. You are now working under the Common Core State Standards, the result of a national, state-led soul-searching process aimed at helping U.S. students become more college-ready and workplace-ready.

These standards, which have been adopted wholly or in part by your state, are based on the standards of some of the top-performing schools in the world. These standards were also constructed from extensive educational research, public feedback and expert advice. It’s up to you to put them to work for the teachers and students in your school and/or district. Where do you begin?

Grant Wiggins will guide you in using the backward design process of Understanding by Design to unpack these new standards and incorporate them into your curriculum and, ultimately, in your classrooms. Grant says the standards provide the ‘code’ not the blueprint of the 21st century curriculum. Your major tasks are to: 1) determine what local curriculum, assessment and instruction must look like to be aligned with the standards and 2) provide students with rich and engaging work.

In this webinar, Grant will provide tips and strategies for how to read, translate and operationalize the common core standards using the tools and approaches of Understanding by Design.

Webinar topics:

  • How to work as a team in a close reading of the standards documents
  • Translating the standards into useful curriculum frameworks with the ‘inside-out’ & ‘sideways’ method of the new UbD Template
  • Making full use of key UbD elements such as transfer goals, essential questions, and performance tasks in operationalizing the standards


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About the Speaker

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.

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