Grant Wiggins

President, Authentic Education; Author; Teacher

Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Grant consults with schools, districts, state and national education departments on a variety of reform matters. He is perhaps best known for being the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design, the award-winning series of resources published by ASCD. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

Over the past thirty years, Grant has worked on some of the most influential reform initiatives in the country, including Vermont’s portfolio system, Ted Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools, and the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. He has established statewide Consortia devoted to assessment reform for the states of North Carolina, New Jersey, Kentucky and Delaware. Grant is the author of Educative Assessment and Assessing Student Performance. His many articles have appeared in such journals as Educational Leadership and Phi Delta Kappan. And he has consulted on numerous textbooks for Pearson Publishing.

His work is grounded in 14 years of secondary school teaching and coaching. Grant taught English and electives in philosophy; and he coached Varsity Soccer, Cross Country, Baseball, and Track & Field. He also plays guitar and sings in the Hazbins, a rock band.

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