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EARCOS - Understanding by Design

Two day workshop with Jay McTighe

Date: January 20-21, 2018
Time 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $100 USD
Location: Shanghai American School Puxi Campus, 258 Jinfeng Road, Huacao Town, Minhang District, Shanghai, China, 201107


How can you design learning experiences that make it much more likely that students will understand content and be able to apply it in meaningful ways? Since 1998, thousands of educators globally, have used the Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework® to answer that question and create more rigorous and engaging curricula. Workshop participants will apply a set of practical and proven UbD 2.0 tools and templates to create or refine a unit of study.

More specifically you will learn to:

  • Apply the 3-stage “backward design” model for the development of curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
  • Use essentials questions to frame curriculum and focus on “big ideas”.
  • Apply processes for “unpacking” standards to establish curriculum priorities and determine content worthy of deep understanding.
  • Explore six “facets” of understanding and their implications for curriculum, assessment, and teaching.
  • Apply selected design tools to create authentic performance tasks based on the six “facets”.
  • Access a large collection of UbD-supportive web based resources.



Jay McTighe is an accomplished author, having co-authored 14 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into 14 languages. Jay has also written more than 36 articles and book chapters, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and Education Week. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops. He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in seven Canadian provinces, and internationally in 36 countries on six continents.


Janet Claassen is the Associate Director for Educational Programs at Shanghai American School. She has taught in Elementary and Middle School and has worked in the area of curriculum in Australia and China for over twelve years. Janet has a passion for curriculum design and embraces the value of inquiry in student learning.

Andrew Miller is an Instructional Coach at Shanghai American School. He previously taught at the secondary level at school in the United States implementing a variety of PBL experiences. He is a faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, which specializes in 21st Century Project Based Learning. He also consults for ASCD in the areas of assessment, differentiation, and personalized learning. He frequently writes for ASCD and Edutopia.

Fay Leong is in her 4th year as the Associate Director of Educational Programs and Student Learning on the Pudong campus at Shanghai American School. She has worked in education for over 27 years, with 17 of those in international schools in Korea, Turkey, and China. She is passionate about integrating civic values within the learning environment, exploring the cognitive possibilities of the virtual world for all learners, and about building teacher leadership capacity.

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Registration and Payment Details:

Step 1: Online Registration:

Complete the online registration form (see below) by December 15, 2017.

Step 2: Registration Fee:

Please wire $100 USD to Shanghai American School by December 15, 2017. (PLEASE identify that the wire transfer is for the EARCOS Weekend Workshop ‘Understanding by Design’)

USD Account Name: Shanghai American School
Account Number: 121909916032606
Bank Name: China Merchants Bank Head Office
Bank Address: China Merchants Bank, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade zone
Sub-Branch: No 333 Fute Road (W.I), Shanghai, China 200131
Bank telephone: +86 21 58664142

RMB Account Name: Shanghai American School
Account Number: 121909916010101
Bank Name: China Merchants bank, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Sub-Branch
Bank Address: No 333 Fute Road (W.I) Shanghai China 200131
Bank telephone: +86 2158663941

Additional Details:

Visa: You will need a visa if coming to Shanghai from outside of China. A simple tourist visa is sufficient for the trip.

Transportation: Transportation will be provided from the recommended hotel to the Puxi campus. Participants are responsible for their own transport to and from the airport.

Recommended Hotel:

Intercontinental NECC Puxi. The hotel is close by the school and a five minute walk to the subway.

Registration Fee Includes:

  • Transportation to and from Intercontinental NECC and the Puxi campus.
  • Lunch and coffee breaks each day of the workshop.
  • All workshop materials.

Weather: The average temperature for January is 7C or 44F.

Contact details: If you have any questions please contact Janet Claassen

Registration Form