Making the Most of Understanding by Design

Making the Most of Understanding by Design

Making the Most of Understanding by Design

Making the Most of Understanding by Design

Excerpt

How can Understanding by Design help educators address the accountability issues
that they face in an age of rising expectations and diminishing resources?

2. What lessons have we learned from long-term, users of Understanding by Design?

3. Beyond unit development, how can Understanding by Design improve the culture and
effectiveness of learning organizations?

For many educators, the new millennium is a time of rising expecta- tions and diminishing resources. We live in an age of high-stakes accountability, when the demand for tangible confirmation of the value of educational innovations is growing, sometimes to a deafening roar. Federal and state governments are experiencing the simultaneous aftershocks of increasing budget deficits and expanding demand for sci- entific confirmation of the value of specific educational programs and practices. If we are to retain and institutionalize educational initiatives, we must prove their effectiveness.

This book explores one such powerful educational innovation— Understanding by Design (UbD)—and what we know about its implementation, effects, and possible future application. The teachers . . .

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