Grant Wiggins


  • Curriculum and instruction

Grant Wiggins is the president of Authentic Education in Hartford, Conn., and Hopewell, N.J. He earned a doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md. Wiggins 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 used all over the world, published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Wiggins has worked for decades on some of the most influential reform initiatives in the country, including Vermont’s portfolio system, Ted Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools, the new Advanced Placement courses and the new International Baccalaureate course materials. Wiggins 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.