Schooling by Design

The Understanding by Design framework describes how to focus your school on the goals of understanding and accomplishment-based learning. Backward design and other UbD processes determine the evidence for success and to plan improvement steps in instruction and leadership roles. This makes sure that the principles and strategies are then reflected in all aspects of school improvement efforts, including curriculum planning, leadership, teacher professional development, and action research.


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