Jay McTighe brings the experience of a rich and varied career in education. As Director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, he worked to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this, Jay served at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead the development of performance-based statewide assessments. He directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. He coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. He has experience as a teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state enrichment program for gifted students.

Jay has co-authored 11 books, including the bestselling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. Jay has also written more than 30 articles and book chapters and has been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD).

Jay received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, earned his master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and completed postgraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was selected to participate in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program and served as a member of the National Assessment Forum, a coalition of organizations advocating reforms in national, state, and local assessment policies.

Jay has an extensive background in professional development and is a regular speaker at national, state, and district conferences and workshops.