Thousands of educators across the country use the Understanding by Design (UbD®) framework, created by the late Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, to get a handle on standards, align programs to assessments, and guide teachers in implementing a standards-based curriculum that leads to student understanding and achievement.
Use the links above to explore resources about Understanding by Design.
Overview of the Understanding by Design Framework
- Introduction: What Is the UbD Framework (PDF)
- Teaching for Meaning and Understanding: A Summary of Underlying Theory and Research (PDF)
Books and Publications
Browse free sample chapters, study guides, and author interviews.
New! Using Understanding by Design in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classroom
Authors Amy J. Heineke and Jay McTighe showcase how the backward design process of UbD can help educators effectively meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Designing and Using Essential Questions
Packed with tips and examples of process questions to use in the classroom, this quick reference guide by Jay McTighe is a starting point for any teacher to learn how essential questions will benefit all students.