Leading by Design: Using Backward Design for School Improvement Planning


Speaker: Jay McTighe


SKU: 12411

Webinar Description

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Your teachers have enthusiastically embraced the backward design approach of Understanding by Design (UbD) to make curriculum more coherent and thoughtful, and more aligned with standards and assessments.

Now the same principles of starting with the end goals and working backwards to the next concrete steps you need to take as an educational leader can be used to meet the challenges of school improvement.

UbD has long provided educators with a framework for aligning standards, assessments, and instructional practices with the goal of developing students’ understanding and transfer abilities. Many of the concepts and tools of UbD and backward design have proven useful in assisting schools and districts develop robust, “results-oriented” school improvement plans.

Jay McTighe will show you how you can use these principles in your own school improvement planning. It’s easier than ever to be overwhelmed by data and assessment results and to lose your way in working toward the goals you have for your school or district. Jay can help you cut through the undergrowth and get you on track with the unique perspective and strategy he brings to educational and administrative planning.

Webinar Topics:

  • What are the long-term “desired results” of schooling? How should a school’s mission guide its work?
  • The role essential questions can play in focusing staff and community attention and efforts
  • How principles of learning should influence educational practice
  • Selecting data–How to develop a “photo album” of evidence, not simply a snapshot, to guide our school improvement efforts?
  • How backward design can guide teacher observation practices
  • Determining staff readiness levels for needed improvement actions
  • How do ensure greater alignment among the elements of a school improvement plan


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About the Speaker

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is familiar to most educators because of his highly acclaimed books and his speaking engagements at many national, state and district conferences and workshops. Jay is co-author, with Grant Wiggins, of the best-selling Understanding by Design series, Understanding by Design (1998); The Understanding by Design Handbook (1999); The Understanding by Design Study Guide (2000); The Understanding by Design Professional Development Workbook (2004); Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design (2006); and Schooling by Design (2007). Jay has also co-authored 3 books on assessment, Assessing Learning in the Classroom; Assessing Outcomes: Performance Assessment Using the Dimensions of Learning Model; and Evaluation Tools to Improve as Well as Evaluate Student Performance.

Jay is a principal in his own consulting firm, McTighe and Associates. He previously served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments.

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