Understanding By Design and Differentiated Instruction: How to Connect Content and Kids


Speaker: Jay McTighe


SKU: 9810

Webinar Description

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2-part 3-hour version

Snapshot: A teacher’s first job is to ensure that the curriculum is coherent, important, inviting, and thoughtful. In today’s world of content standards and high-stakes tests, it’s easier than ever to lose sight of what you most want your students to learn–the big ideas and essential questions that help them make sense of what otherwise might seem like a loose assortment of unrelated facts.

It’s all the more challenging because students in today’s classrooms vary widely in their academic readiness, interests, and learning profiles. Teachers must make sure that instruction is not only relevant and engaging, but is tailored to meet students’ diverse achievement levels, interests, and learning styles.

 Jay McTighe, co-author of the Understanding by Design series and Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design, is the featured speaker in this special 2-part tutorial webinar.  You and your staff will want to listen to this educational classic over and over again! The set of 2 CD-ROMs is an essential addition to your professional development library.

Webinar Topics:

Learn how you can use the backward design process of UbD to address content standards in rich and authentic ways and  to be responsive to the diversity of learners in the classroom.

  • The 3 stages of backward design
  • How “backward design” informs differentiation
  • How to ensure that classes are relevant and engaging for struggling learners and advanced learners
  • How to decide what types of differentiated instruction are needed
  • A 3-stage model for developing units and assessment that focus on deepening students’ understanding of important ideas
  • How to effectively use pre- and on-going assessments to guide teaching and inform needed differentiation

If you are already familiar with Jay’s work, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to refine your use of the Understanding by Design principles and to expose your staff members to Jay’s important and vital ideas. If you are new to Understanding by Design, this is a special opportunity to learn about Jay’s groundbreaking thinking and find out how to put it to work in better differentiating instruction for your students.

Reviews of Jay’s 90-minute version of UbD and differentiation:

“This was an excellent session, and I have received great feedback from both sites in our district. . . . Super job of presenting the big ideas of UBD and linking (them) to differentiation.”–Andy Leathwood, Nelson BC

“It was my first webinar experience and I found it to be a very useful PD delivery model. I invited principals to join me and one brought two teachers. We all felt that this is a great cost-effective way to receive PD in our small board. …”–Marian Lothian, Gastineau, QC

“Very informative and reaffirming for those of us who are familiar with (differentiation) and UbD.”–Manuel Silva, Winnipeg, MB


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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Registration is by site, not by individual, so there is no limit to the number of people who can participate at your site. We do request no more than one phone connection per site.

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What is the difference between the recording link and the CD-ROM?

Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar.