Making the Most of Understanding by Design / Edition 1

Making the Most of Understanding by Design / Edition 1

by John L. Brown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0871208601

ISBN-13: 9780871208606

Pub. Date: 04/15/2004

Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development

Thousands of educators worldwide are already using Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by Design (UbD) as a framework for designing curriculum units, performance assessments, and instruction that lead students to deep understanding of content.

This book, based on data gathered from surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions, reflects what educators

Overview

Thousands of educators worldwide are already using Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe’s Understanding by Design (UbD) as a framework for designing curriculum units, performance assessments, and instruction that lead students to deep understanding of content.

This book, based on data gathered from surveys, interviews, and focus group discussions, reflects what educators have learned about effective UbD implementation and explores how schools and districts can leverage UbD principles to improve student achievement, staff performance, and organizational productivity. Educators who have used the UbD framework for several years in various school settings present advice, strategies, and processes for using Understanding by Design to

* Design purposeful, coherent curricula
* Deliver instruction that promotes understanding for all
* Unpack district standards
* Expand assessment repertoires
* Create meaningful and effective professional development and teacher-induction programs
* Sustain a successful process of continuous improvement and strategic planning.

Each chapter concludes with organization-focused assessment questionnaires and related resources that can help you - as an individual or as a member of a study group or action research team - develop a clear, strategic sense of how to make the most of Understanding by Design as a catalyst for real learning, increased student achievement, and school and district renewal.

John L. Brown is an educational consultant for ASCD, where he works with product and professional development and serves as a member of the national training cadres for Understanding by Design and What Works in Schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871208606
Publisher:
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Pages:
203
Sales rank:
988,828
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresiv
Forewordv
Prefacevii
Introduction1
1.Implementing Understanding by Design: A Summary of Lessons Learned12
2.Designing and Developing School and District Curricula38
3.Promoting Student Achievement and Addressing State and District Standards58
4.Promoting Student Understanding80
5.Promoting Exemplary Professional Development Programs and Practices99
6.Improving Preservice Training and Teacher-Induction Programs122
7.Facilitating Organization Development, Continuous Improvement, and Strategic Planning142
8.Looking to the Future of Understanding by Design166
Appendix A.Educators Cited in Text191
Appendix B.Locations of Focus Group Sessions194
References and Resources195
Index199
About the Author205
Figures
0.1The Big Ideas About Understanding by Design Most Often Cited8
0.2The Essential Questions About Understanding by Design Most Often Asked11
1.1Understanding by Design High-Level User Questionnaire31
1.2What Have We Learned About Understanding by Design? A Summary of Preliminary ASCD Survey and Focus Group Results33
1.3Organizational Practices That Promote Understanding for All36
2.1Recommended Curriculum Design Principles54
2.2Curriculum Design and Development Principles That Promote Understanding for All56
3.1Student Behaviors Evident in Learning Environments That Promote Understanding for All74
3.2Assessment and Evaluation Practices That Promote Understanding for All77
4.1General Observations About and Strategies for Teaching for Understanding95
4.2Instructional Practices That Promote Excellence, Equity, and Understanding for All97
5.1The Top 10 Common Problems in UbD Staff Development117
5.2Professional Development That Promotes Staff Ownership and Deep Understanding119
6.1Preservice and Teacher-Induction Programs That Promote New Teacher Success137
6.2Mentoring Programs That Promote New Teacher Success140
7.1Understanding by Design Implications for Continuous Improvement Goals160
7.2Continuous Improvement Principles and Practices That Promote a Community of Learning and Inquiry162
8.1A Vision for Schooling That Promotes Understanding for All and a Lifelong Commitment to Learning185

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