Understanding by Design® (UbD)

Using the acclaimed Understanding by Design® framework from the renowned work of co-authors Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, Eduplanet21 offers an innovative and comprehensive curriculum design platform that provides educators with a robust set of resources to design effective and engaging curriculum units, and the tools needed to further enhance professional learning.

The framework of Understanding by Design® is to begin with the end in mind. Students succeed when educators begin with the end in mind. Eduplanet21 has partnered with renowned educator and noted author, Jay McTighe, to offer teachers, schools, and districts the tools needed to create deliberate and focused unit design choices.

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Our Commitment to Understanding by Design®

At Eduplanet21, we are committed to helping schools develop a coherent, guaranteed, and viable curriculum by providing you with a cutting-edge software platform that meets the specific and ever-changing needs of education.

We provide educators, schools, and districts the resources needed to successfully train staff on Understanding by Design; the tools needed to write, share, and review backwards design units; and software to design backward design units and view curriculum both horizontally and vertically.

Our platform solution creates a common language and consistent curriculum formula which helps educators, schools, and districts align to state and national standards. Our platform also allows you to code and align essential questions, transfer goals, knowledge and skills with performance tasks and learning activities, while gaining access to tools needed to create Learning Paths, Communities, and eLibraries.

Research suggests that a guaranteed and viable curriculum results in greater student achievement, and that personalized professional learning leads to educator success. That’s why we have created a solution to work in harmony to support the curriculum design and professional learning needs of educators across the globe.

Jay McTighe

Designed in Partnership with Jay McTighe

Our resources were developed in partnership with Jay McTighe, co-author of the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design® (UbD) series. As a strategic partner of Eduplanet21, Jay provides invaluable guidance, support, and counsel in developing resources that support the ever-changing needs of educators. His partnership has allowed us to offer the only licensed Understanding by Design® software available today.

With Jay’s partnership, he has created a series of online modules in learning paths that support professional development for UbD. Jay’s professional efforts are devoted to six inter-related educational goals which is an integral component of our UbD Software Platform:


  • Improving the quality of student thinking
  • Mapping the curriculum around “big ideas” and essential questions
  • Developing the 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration
  • Creating performance assessments for measuring what matters most
  • Engaging students in meaningful learning around authentic task
  • Teaching for understanding and transfer