For twenty-five years, the award-wining Understanding by Design framework has been used world-wide to develop effective and engaging curriculum. Join UbD co-author, Jay McTighe, to explore a set of key educational questions: What is understanding and how does it differ from "knowing"? What do we want students to understand and be able to do? What content is most worth understanding? How will we know that students truly understand and can apply their learning in meaningful ways? How might we design our courses and units to emphasize understanding rather than "coverage"?
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";
  • review practical tools for designing authentic performance tasks;
  • examine the A.M.T. model for teaching for understanding and transfer; and
  • explore a variety of excellent web-based resources for UbD
Teachers will gain practical and proven ideas and resources for creating engaging and effective curriculum units.

School leaders will receive practical and proven ideas and resources for leading and sustaining UbD in their settings.
Jay McTighe
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. Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles and blogs, 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.
Awsaj Academy Small Gym (G-039 and G-40)

  1. Al Wadi Hotel in Msheirub, as it is close to the Souk.
  2. The Ned
  3. Premier Inn
  4. Al Rayyan

Google map: 8C7G+8QJ, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar

8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Registration at 7:30 am
on the 3rd of May 2024.
USD 890 Closing Date 1st May 2024
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 16 Professional Development hours, Lunch and 2 coffee breaks.
Upcoming Workshops
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21st & 22nd February 2025, Doha