Understanding by Design®:  

Designing Understanding-Based Curriculum Units

September 28 - October 9 , 2020


  • 6 interactive live webinars (Time)

  • Group size will be limited to 20 participants.

  • An Online Forum will allow participants to network, post queries, access handouts, slides etc.

(register by August 7, 2020)  

Workshop fee:

USD 490 (Baht 15,190) per participant


(These are required.  Participants who do not have a copy can  buy directly via the links below.  Total cost for both books is around USD 56) 

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High Quality Units

The Understanding by Design Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units

Led by:

Kimberly Brandon *(with Jay McTighe)

*(Jay will conduct a 30 mins Q&A session)

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for educators at all levels interested in enhancing their design of curriculum, assessment, and instruction to develop and deepen student understanding.

Workshop Overview

How can you design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students will understand content and be able to apply it in meaningful ways?  Since 1998, thousands of educators around the world have used the Understanding by Design® (UbD) Framework to answer that question and create more rigorous and engaging curricula.  In this interactive design workshop, participants will explore the key ideas of UbD and apply practical and proven design tools and templates for unit design.


Note:  Since this workshop involves curriculum design, participants are asked to purchase the UbD design guides (The UbD Guide to Creating High-Quality Units and The UbD Guide to Advanced Concepts in Creating and Reviewing Units) prior to the first webinar.  In addition to the UbD design guides, participants will need access to their Standards and other materials (e.g., textbooks, resources materials, assessments, scoring rubrics, etc.) to support their curriculum design work.  


Topics Covered

Participants will learn to:

  • Apply a 3-stage “backward design” model and the UbD 2.0 Template for curriculum development;

  • Clarify “big ideas” or important transferable ideas that are worth understanding;

  • Identify long-term Transfer Goals from which to plan backward;

  • Learn processes for “unpacking” standards to establish curriculum priorities and determine content worthy of deep understanding; 

  • Use Essential Questions to frame curriculum to focus on “big ideas”;

  • Examine a continuum of assessment methods to use in assessing the degree of student understanding;

  • Explore the six “facets” of understanding and their implication for curriculum, assessment, and teaching;

  • Apply selected design tools to create authentic performance tasks based on the six “facets”;

  • Construct evaluation tools that use carefully considered and established criteria aligned with learning goals;

  • Apply the A/M/T framework to design engaging and effective instruction;

  • Participate in a structured review process for giving and receiving feedback based on UbD Design Standards.

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Facilitator

Kimberly Brandon is an experienced teacher and administrator who began her work as an educational consultant in 2012, when she began working for the late Grant Wiggins as part of his team of consultants at Authentic Education.  In this role, she has facilitated learning experiences to support teachers and administrators in designing and implementing an understanding-focused curriculum, as well as in identifying and designing authentic tasks that assess for understanding and transfer.

Kimberly has led large-scale curriculum design projects with urban and suburban districts, has provided long-term leadership training and coaching for administrators, and has facilitated workshops on the elements of the Understanding by Design® framework across the United States and around the world.

Jay McTighe is an accomplished author, having co-authored 17 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 36 articles and book chapters, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and
Education Week.


Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and workshops. 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