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 17 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. His books have been translated into 14 languages. Jay has also written more than 50 book chapters, articles, and blogs, and been published in leading journals, including Educational Leadership (ASCD) 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, seven Canadian provinces, and 38 countries on six continents.