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Backward Design

Websites and Online Tools:

  • Understanding by Design (UBD) website: – This official website offers comprehensive information about UBD, including resources, examples, tools, and professional development opportunities.
  • The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST): – CAST focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which aligns closely with UBD principles. They provide excellent resources for creating accessible and effective learning experiences.
  • Backward Design Planner: – This free online tool walks you through the backward design process step-by-step, helping you develop assessments, learning activities, and learning goals.
  • LessonLab: – Another free online tool, LessonLab allows you to collaborate with colleagues on lesson plans and provides templates for backward design.

Books and Articles:

  • Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe: This seminal book is considered the foundational text for UBD and provides a detailed explanation of the framework and its implementation.
  • Making Backward Design Practical by Heidi Hayes Jacobs: This book offers practical strategies and real-world examples for applying UBD in the classroom.
  • The Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Marzano: While not specifically about UBD, this book presents research-based teaching practices that align well with backward design principles.
  • “The Three Big Ideas of Backward Design” by Robert J. Marzano: This article provides a concise overview of the key concepts of UBD.

Professional Development and Training:

  • ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development): ASCD offers various workshops, webinars, and online courses on backward design.
  • Edutopia: Edutopia provides online resources and professional development opportunities related to effective teaching practices, including backward design.
  • Your local school district or professional organization: Many school districts and professional organizations offer professional development opportunities on backward design for educators.

Additional Resources:

  • Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL): This resource from University of Delaware provides comprehensive information and practical guides for implementing UBD.
  • The Education Trust: This education think tank offers research and resources on effective teaching practices, including backward design.
  • National Standards and Frameworks: These documents often offer helpful guidance on learning goals and objectives, which can inform your backward design process.
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