Below are some useful links:
"There's More to College. . . ."
HBR's "Relearning the Art of Asking Questions" article
"Why Communication is Today's Most Important Skill"
"When Success Leads to Failure"
"The Coddling of the American Mind"
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
NCTE's Views on Important Subject Matter
An Introduction to Understanding by Design
Great Article on Understanding by Design!
Blank Understanding by Design Template
Sample Understanding by Design Unit
Differentiated Instruction: a Brief Explanation
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)