Intimately understand transfer goals in the UbD, and formulate strong ones to enhance understanding
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Understanding by Design is a revolutionary planning framework that suggests an efficient way of planning backward by beginning with the end in mind. An important aspect of UbD is transfer goals, the lighthouse that serves to guide designers and their units towards long-term learning to create meaningful, inquiry-based learning experiences. 

This resource, based on the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, is a friendly guide for educators new to the concept of transfer goals or seeking to refresh their understanding of it. Unpack the what, why and how of transfer goals and discover how you can identify authentic goals across and beyond subject areas to make learning truly meaningful for your students.

Use this resource to:

  • Understand what transfer goals are and why they are important
  • Explore what makes a solid transfer goal and study examples from various subjects
  • Begin on the journey of formulating your own powerful transfer goals!
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Jay McTighe
Author, Consultant and Co-creator of the UbD framework

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Jay McTighe
Jay McTighe is a veteran educator, having served as a teacher, resource specialist, program coordinator, and director of a state program for gifted students. He is an accomplished author, having co-authored 18 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into fourteen languages. Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles and blogs, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD), Edutopia and Education Week. Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at state, national and international conferences and workshops. He has made presentations in 47 states within the United States, in 7 Canadian provinces, and internationally in 38 countries on six continents.
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Demystifying Transfer Goals
Understanding by Design is a revolutionary planning framework that suggests an efficient way of planning backward by beginning with the end in mind. An important aspect of UbD is transfer goals, the lighthouse that serves to guide designers and their units towards long-term learning to create meaningful, inquiry-based learning experiences.

This resource, based on the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, is a friendly guide for educators new to the concept of transfer goals or seeking to refresh their understanding of it. Unpack the what, why and how of transfer goals and discover how you can identify authentic goals across and beyond subject areas to make learning truly meaningful for your students.