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Understanding By Design – Andy Greene

October 11, 2018 @ 8:30 am - October 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Understanding by Design®: Designing Understanding-Based Curriculum Units

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 design workshop, participants will explore the key ideas of UbD and apply practical and proven design tools and templates for unit design.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn to:
  • apply a 3-stage “backward design” model and the new UbD 2.0 Template for curriculum development;
  • 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 six “facets” of understanding and their implication for curriculum, assessment, and teaching;
  • apply selected design tools to create authentic performances tasks based on the six “facets”
  • apply the A.M.T. framework to design engaging and effective instruction;
  • access an excellent collection of on-line UbD resources to support unit design;
  • participate in a structured review process for giving and receiving feedback based on UbD Design Standard

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.

Learning Activities:

The workshop will feature a balance of presentations, small group activities and discussions, design time in role-alike groups, review of web-based resources, and a sharing/feedback protocol.

Note: Since this workshop involves curriculum design, participants should bring materials (e.g., Standards, textbooks, resource materials, assessments, scoring rubrics, etc.) to support their curriculum design work.


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Presenter Bio:

Andy GreeneAndy Greene is the retired principal from Candlewood Middle School in the Half Hollow Hills School District. He is past president of LIASCD as well as past President of the Suffolk County Middle Level Principal Association. In addition to those positions, he acts as a middle level liaison with the New York State Education department, and is an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University.

In a more global frame, Andy has worked closely with the foremost experts in the field of education, Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and he has helped to incorporate many of their learning principles in his home school, as well as instructing a whole host of administrators and teachers locally and nationally on operationalizing Understanding by Design. His work in Candlewood Middle School is featured in Grant and Jay’s book entitled “Schooling by Design.”

Mr. Greene also consults with districts on best teaching, learning and assessment practices and was honored as the Regional Administrator of the Year in 2014.

Mr. Greene has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has mentored several aspiring administrators as they get ready to enter the field of school administration.


October 11, 2018 @ 8:30 am
October 12, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


Chris Hallett, NMEC Executive Director
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UMPI Campus Center
181 Main Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769 United States
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