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YCIS Primary School Conference with Jay McTighe

October, 2016
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ycis-shanghai-primary-conference1Primary School teachers from Yew Chung International School of Shanghai’s Hongqiao, Regency Park, and Century Park Campuses gathered just before the start of the school year for a teaching conference featuring renowned educator Jay McTighe.

McTighe has an impressive resume in the education sector in the US, but is perhaps best known for having co-authored the best-selling series Understanding by Design with Grant Wiggins. Understanding by Design is an educational planning approach based on backward design, where educators look at the desired outcomes in order to design curriculum units, performance assessments, and classroom instruction.

Jim Wilcox, Primary Curriculum Coordinator at YCIS Shanghai’s Hongqiao Campus, says that having McTighe work with the Primary Teaching Team during the conference was an incredible experience, adding, “Jay is a brilliant presenter and highly engaging.” Not only did McTighe explain the background and methodology of Understanding by Design, but he also provided hands-on training and material for teachers to begin planning units of study. “By the end of the conference, teaching teams left with their first units planned, having gone through the Understanding by Design process with an expert in the field,” said Wilcox.

YCIS Shanghai ensures all teachers are involved in a range of different types of professional development throughout the year. Bringing in educational thought leaders like Jay McTighe, and providing teachers with opportunities to select their own professional development interests, allows teachers at YCIS Shanghai to develop their already exceptional teaching skills to further benefit the students in their classes. 


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