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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.
- 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