Designing and Using Essential Questions


Interactive session - 2 Hours

(participant will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the workshop)


April 28, 2022 



Thailand 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

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USD 150 per participant 

Group of 5 or more

USD 130 per participant 


Led by:

Jay McTighe

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"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."

Jay McTighe is a veteran educator, 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.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for teachers (grades 1-12), administrators, curriculum leaders, and instructional coaches.


Workshop Overview

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 the 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 Coordinator

Navin Pawa