UbD It Out for Collaborative Teams- #BLOG365 Day 208



I’ve said it before and I will say it again…when I am struggling for a structure, working to define a goal or an outcome for work within my practice as an educator, I UbD it out. So, when I was working on defining the work of curriculum teams a while ago, I had to do UbD it out. It was important for me, but more important for that those I was collaborating with knew the purpose and where we were going as a team. The plan was designed with the vision of the school and the strategic goals in mind. If I had it to do over again it would have been created in collaboration with each team. I was in a time crunch in this instance.

Here is what I came up with. I had a little help from these resources.

Schooling by Design: Mission, Action, and Achievement by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins

Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins


  • Helping all students learn requires a collaborative and collective effort.
  • Inspired and engaged learning is enhanced through collaboration on aligned curriculum.

Essential Questions:

  • What makes a culture of learning?
  • How can we sustain and integrate curriculum?
  • How do structures impact the curriculum?


  • Communication between team members is the thread that connects everything
  • Learning is the primary work of all teams
  • Teacher ownership and commitment to curriculum impacts the quality of student learning
  • Strengths and limitations of the school’s current curriculum


  • Identify and implement specific instructional refinements to improve learning, based on analysis
  • Build trust and transparency
  • Work collaboratively to provide a rigorous curriculum
  • Actively and deliberately examine the curriculum
  • Clarify knowledge and skills students must acquire
  • Build collective understanding and responsibility for student learning
  • Engage in purposeful instructional talk concerning (content area) with a focus on the instructional core.

My goal is to keep those understandings and essential questions in mind in all that I do because I think they are truly important to making education meaningful, authentic, and transferable for students. I also think they are the key to ensuring teachers feel they are a part of decision-making.

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