Learn More About the Understanding by Design Framework
Understanding by Design is an internationally respected and widely applied curriculum-planning framework developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. UbD reflects contemporary views of cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
A series of 11 books was published regarding the Understanding by Design framework (2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998, and 1997). These books are among the top five all-time best sellers for ASCD, the largest publisher of professional educational materials. The UbD series has been translated into seven languages.
UbD has been adopted by:
- the College Board, to guide the revision of its Advanced Placement (AP) subject matter courses and for the development of its latest courses: AP Seminar and AP Research;
- the framework for national curriculum in the Philippines and Puerto Rico;
- the state of Massachusetts, for its Race to the Top federal grant program for creating more than one hundred exemplary units and associated classroom videos; and
- the Next Generation Arts Standards.
Additionally, the two largest textbook publishers, Pearson and McGraw-Hill, use the UbD framework in many of their textbooks and programs; it is being taught in both undergraduate and graduate education courses across the nation-and beyond.
Today, Understanding by Design is being used by tens of thousands of teachers for unit and course planning and by hundreds of districts and schools as the basis for their curricula. Hundreds of thousands of students have been positively impacted by Understanding by Design and its unique approach to designing with the end goal in mind.