AE’s Online Professional Development Opportunities

We will be announcing our Summer 2024 Professional Development offerings in February.
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90-Minute Focused Workshops

EUs, EQs, & more

Leading Curricular Change

UbD 101 Workshops

Advanced UbD Concepts

Refining a unit

Looking for a custom workshop for your school or district?

Virtual UbD 90-minute Workshops

Focused 90-minute virtual workshops take a deep-dive into core concepts from the Understanding by Design framework.

  • Transfer Goals & Enduring Understandings (EUs)

Learn how to craft and refine Transfer Goals and EUs with a focus on how to align these two key parts of Stage 1 planning to help strengthen and support student learning.

  • Essential Questions

Hone essential questions (EQs) within a unit to help support inquiry and engagement.  

Summer session dates for this offering will be announced in February 2024.

Leading Curricular Change – PD & Conversation Series for Curriculum Leaders

This four-part series will connect and support educators in their work leading curriculum change on all levels. 

The virtual series kicks off with a half-day workshop, followed by three 90-minute facilitated conversations.

Over the course of the series, participants will consider questions including:

  • How can understanding curricular change as culture change equip us to lead teachers in this mission-centric work?
  • What common challenges do curriculum leaders face and what best practices can we leverage to move our work forward?
  • What are effective strategies for investing teachers and other leaders in curriculum change?
  • How can we leverage existing strengths and systems to make our curriculum more purposeful, efficient, and focused?

This opportunity is intended for folks in curriculum leader roles in their schools or districts (e.g., Director of Teaching & Learning, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, etc.). We invite anyone with whom the questions above resonate to participate in this conversation series.

Summer session dates for this offering will be announced in February 2024.

Advanced UbD Work: Refining a Unit

Have a UbD unit that needs a refresh? In this half-day virtual session, you will refine and hone an existing UbD unit to make it more purposeful, relevant, and engaging for your students. 

Attendees should have experience designing curriculum using the Understanding by Design framework and will need to bring an in-progress or completed unit to revise as part of this half-day session. 

Summer session dates for this offering will be announced in February 2024.

UbD 101 Workshops

AE’s 2-day online workshops on the Understanding by Design framework are designed to help teachers at all stages of their careers design (or reimagine) a unit, bringing it from preliminary concept to “ready to teach.”

Participants will grapple with the question “What’s worth understanding and why?” as they design a unit using the Understanding by Design framework.

The 2-day virtual workshop will include instruction by AE’s team of experts, collaboration time, and independent work time. A variety of instructional strategies will be leveraged to keep the online sessions meaningful and engaging.

Summer session dates for this offering will be announced in February 2024.


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AE’s Refund Policy

  • Cancellations submitted 90 days prior to the session start date are eligible for a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 90 days or for missed or partially-attended sessions.
  • Refunds will be issued in the same form as the original payment when possible.
  • Authentic Education does not award payment credit towards future services or events.
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Registration Transfer Policy

  • Registrants unable to participate may send someone in their place.
  • All registration transfer requests must be made in writing via email to