Understanding by Design
Trinity Area School District's curriculum is based upon the Understanding by Design framework, created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Understanding by Design is sometimes called "Backwards Design" because it forces educators to think first about the end goal of instruction. To employ Understanding by Design, teachers need to consider exactly what students will need to know and be able to do once they graduate from high school. Thus, our teachers strive to design curricula that is most relevant and meaningful so that students can grow and achieve success.
Most relevant and meaningful to students are the "Enduring Understandings" - the part of the Understanding by Design framework that provides the foundation for solid, standards-based curricula. By "unpacking" National Standards, Pennsylvania's Common Core Standards, and Pennsylvania's Academic Standards, teachers have identified a series of Enduring Understandings to drive Trinity's curricula. Simply stated, these Enduring Understandings translate to critical content and essential skills necessary for students to know to be successful.