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Integrating Differentiated Instruction & Understanding by Design

  • Title:Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids
  • Author:Jay McTighe, Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Publication Date:January 2006
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781416602842
  • Publisher:ASCD

Discover how two of education's most powerful frameworks can team up to provide your school with a comprehensive and in-depth approach to ensure all students are learning at maximum levels.

The leading experts on Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design explain how to connect these two approaches and use their combined power to

  • Meet content standards and prepare for high-stakes tests while providing students with multiple learning pathways
  • Use the backward design approach to develop curriculum units and lessons that can be differentiated in response to students' different readiness levels, abilities, and learning styles
  • Combine drill and practice with differentiated performance tasks to inspire understanding of content
  • Create a fair, criterion-referenced assessment approach that supports standards and differentiation

Find out how a curriculum built on the goal of student understanding, integrated with instructional approaches that emphasize reaching every learner, can provide teachers with more specific teaching targets and more flexible ways to reach them.

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Author Bio

Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. Jay is well known for his work with "thinking skills”. Jay is an accomplished author, having co-authored eleven books, including the best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has written more than thirty articles and book chapters, and has published in a number of leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) and The Developer (National Staff Development Council). Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops.

Carol Ann Tomlinson, Ed.D, is Professor of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia and was a public school teacher for 21 years. During Carol's time in public school, she taught in many differentiated classrooms and directed district-level programs for struggling and advanced learners. Today, as co-director of the University of Virginia Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, she works with an international community of educators committed to academically responsive classrooms.


Carol has published books with ASCD, Corwin Press, Solution Tree, and Scholastic including: How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom, The Parallel Curriculum, Managing a Differentiated Classroom, and Differentiation and the Brain.

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