Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership


Backwards Mapping Tool

A simple Windows®-based interactive template


Conceived by TICAL California cadre member Kevin Silberberg
Created by Ryan Coodey, Technology Assistant, Kern County Superintendent of Schools.


Backwards mapping can be a very effective strategy for confronting all sorts of educational challenges from 'small jobs" such as cleaning up litter on the playground to major undertakings such as designing an entire curriculum. This simple, Windows®-based tool walks you through the basic steps of backwards mapping from defining your end goal to developing a basic action plan. It was conceived by cadre member Kevin Silberberg to help individuals and small groups (e.g. an IEP team or school faculty) do backwards mapping around simple, defined goals.


Backwards Map Overview


Read the program documentation to learn more about the Backwards Mapping tool.


Important usage note: This tool is designed for Microsoft Windows® only and requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0. If you follow the recommended procedure below, the program will automatically check to see if your computer has the .NET framework and will install it if needed. As an alternative you may get the .NET framework from Windows® Update.


The tool is comprised of a number of separate files that are all compressed in a single zip archive file. To use the tool, you will need to:

  1. Download the file.
  2. Expand (or "extract") the files it contains. This will create a new folder called "backmap."
  3. Open the backmap folder and double-click the "run.exe" file contained there.


  • If you are unfamiliar with how "zip" files work, read Understanding Zip Files.
  • Download the zip file to either a convenient folder on your hard drive or to a flash drive. Note: the file is large (26 MB) and, depending on your connection speed, may take several minutes to download.
  • When you begin the download, be sure to select SAVE rather than open.
  • Once you have expanded the file, you may want to delete the zip file to save space.
  • As an alternative, you may wish to burn the contents of the backmap folder to a CD. Then, you can run the tool from your CD drive.

To download the file, click the following link; remember to choose SAVE.
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