Educators within a system collectively must articulate desired learning results in terms of the “big ideas” of content worth understanding and the larger Mission-related goals and commit to achieving those goals. Allison Zmuda has been a member of the Understanding by Design cadre for ASCD for over six years and has had the privilege to collaborate with Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins as a co-presenter at several national conferences and as a co-author on Schooling by Design: An Action Tool (ASCD, 2008). Zmuda also collaborates with McTighe on development projects in several school districts.
The following website houses K-12 subject area frameworks that include standards, enduring understandings and essential questions as a result of a three-year consulting project – http://www.gips.org/learning/Curricular-Areas
The projects below all were created as part of long-term consulting projects facilitated with a range of different clients.
In addition to the creation of overarching curriculum documents, Zmuda has led curriculum development projects in a number of schools. While those unit files are mainly in portals accessible only to school staff, sample units can be seen upon request or in the rich Understanding by Design resources available for purchase at ascd.org or via subscription on ubdexchange.org.