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Connecting Content and Kids: Understanding By Design and Differentiated Instruction

Friday, October 17, 2008
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Chicago, IL

Today’s educators are faced with the pressures of addressing content standards and meeting state and federal accountability requirements. At the same time, students in
today’s classrooms typically represent a broad range of academic readiness, interests, and learning profiles, and teachers are expected to encourage struggling learners, challenge advanced learners, and make sure that classes are relevant and engaging for everyone.

This workshop will examine the mutually supportive connections between Understanding by Design and Differentiation, focusing on the interrelated needs to address content standards in rich and authentic ways while remaining responsive to the diversity of learners we teach.

Conference topics include:

  • strategies for addressing differences in learners’ readiness levels, interests, and learning profiles in the context of a quality curriculum;
  • ways in which UbD supports the development of a rich curriculum suitable for differentiation;
  • links between classroom assessment strategies and responsive instruction;
  • criteria for analyzing the quality of curriculum and quality of differentiation;
  • the 3 P’s of grading and reporting; and
  • ideas for further connecting DI and UbD in classrooms, schools and districts

    Note: This is not an introductory workshop on UbD or DI. Participants should have some familiarity with both frameworks. Registered participants will be asked to respond to an on-line survey prior to the workshop to identify topics of greatest interest. The agenda will be prioritized based on the survey results.

    Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as Director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, coordinated school improvement projects at The Maryland State Department of Education, and worked as a teacher and administrator at the district level. He is well known for his work with “thinking skills” and performance assessment.

    An accomplished author, Jay has published articles in a number of leading journals and has co-authored eight books, including Assessing Learning in the Classroom , Scoring Rubrics in the Classroom , the best-selling Understanding By Design series, including Connecting Content and Kids: Integrating Differentiation and Understanding by Design and the and the newly-released, Schooling by Design.

    Jay also has an extensive background in professional development and is a featured speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He received his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary, earned a Masters degree from The University of Maryland and completed post-graduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Jay also served a three-year term on the ASCD Publications Committee, serving as Committee chair in 1994-95.

    This workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

    Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

    Hotel Reservations
    Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro for the night of October 16th at a rate of $199/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation, call 1-800-634-1500 and use Group Code: "ISACS UBD." Special discounted room rates are available until Friday, October 3, 2008. Click here to use the online booking service.

    Registration Fee
  • $275 Member Fee
  • $325 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

    Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $275     Non-member Cost: $325


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