Designing and Using Essential Questions


Interactive live webinar 

July 27, 2021 (Tuesday)

Duration: 2 hours  

London 12.00 pm |  Dubai 3.00 pm

Singapore 7.00pm | Sydney 9.00 pm

Your Time 

(register by July 26, 2021)  


USD 150 per participant 

Group of 5 or more

USD 130 per participant 


Led by:

Jay McTighe

Who Should Attend

This session has been designed for teachers (grades 1-12), administrators, curriculum leaders and instructional coaches.

Workshop Overview

Essential Questions are a key element in the Understanding by Design® curriculum planning framework. A good essential question serves as a doorway for engaging student inquiry in “uncovering” the curriculum, leading to deeper understanding.


In this session, we will examine key ideas from Jay’s best-selling ASCD book, Essential Questions: Doorways to Student Understanding (McTighe and Wiggins, 2013). 

Knowledge & Skills

Topics Covered:

  • Characteristics of truly essential questions

  • Different types of essential questions

  • “Unpacking” standards to identify essential questions

  • Designing essential questions for curriculum units 

  • Mapping a curriculum using essential questions  

  • Using essential questions in teaching and assessment 

  • Excellent web resources

By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with knowledge & skills to answer the following:​

  • What makes a question truly essential?

  • What are different types of essential questions?

  • How are essential questions related to Standards?

  • How can I design effective essential questions?

  • How are essential questions used in teaching? … in  assessment? 

  • Where can I find excellent resources on essential questions?

Workshop Facilitator

Jay McTighe is a veteran education, having served as a teacher, resource specialist, program coordinator, director of a state program for gifted students, and administrator for innovative programs at the Maryland Department of Education.

He is an accomplished author, having co-authored 18 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into fourteen languages.

Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles and blogs, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD), Edutopia and Education Week. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at state, national and international conferences.

He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in 7 Canadian provinces, and internationally in 38 countries on six continents.

Workshop Coordinator

Navin Pawa