Chapters International
  An Introduction to Understanding by Design
By Jay McTighe

28th - 29th September 2012, London
  Understanding by Design (UbD) is an acclaimed framework for planning curriculum and assessment. UbD is widely used throughout North America, and several nations, most recently Australia, have cited its influence on their national curricula.

In this 2-day workshop, Jay McTighe, co-author of Understanding by Design, will explore the principles and practices of UbD through a series of thought-provoking exercises and design experiences. Participants will examine the following questions;

What is understanding and how does it differ from “knowing”? What “enduring” knowledge is worth understanding? How will we know that students truly understand and can apply their knowledge in a meaningful way? How might we design our courses and units to emphasize understanding rather than “coverage”?

How should we teach for understanding and transfer? How might we integrate 21st Century Skills into an already overcrowded curriculum? How can “backward design” help create a more coherent curriculum across the grades?
Session Topics:
  Participants will...
  • explore the logic of “backward design” – a 3-stage model for the development of well-aligned curriculum;
  • apply criteria for selecting curriculum priorities and determining the “big ideas” worthy of deep understanding;
  • use essential questions to frame curriculum and focus on “big ideas”;
  • examine a continuum of assessment methods to use in assessing the degree of student understanding;
  •  examine the six facets of understanding and their use on creating assessment tasks;
  • examine the AMT model of instructional design;
  • apply UbD to curriculum mapping across the grades;
  • previewexcellent websites containing UbD-supportive resources.
Intended Audience:
  This workshop has been designed for individuals and teams interested in enhancing their understanding of understanding and in the design of curriculum assessment and instruction focused on enhancing student understanding.
Instructional Methods:
  The workshop will feature a balance of presentation, conceptual exercises, analysis of models and examples, group discussion, and guided design experiences.
Trainers’ profiles:
  An accomplished author, Jay Mctighe has co-authored 11 books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has written more than 30 articles and book chapters, and has published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and The Developer (National Staff Development Council).

With an extensive background in professional development, Jay is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in 7 Canadian provinces, and internationally in 19 countries on six continents.

Jay received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, earned a Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and completed post-graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was selected to participate in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., and served as a member of the National Assessment Forum, a coalition of education and civil rights organizations advocating reforms in national, state, and local assessment policies and practices.

Since education is a “learning” profession, Jay set a learning goal when he was 57 years of age to be surfing by 60. He did it!
  Investment : includes Certificate of Participation for 21 Professional Development hours.
Lunch and coffee breaks.
The Understanding by Design Workbook has to be paid for onsite.
  £ 550
  £ 450   Early Bird offer 1st February 2012
  £ 500   Early Bird offer 1st July 2012
  Closing Date : 1st August 2012
  London ( Exact venue to be advised.)

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