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How Schools and Districts Meet Rigorous Standards Through Authentic Intellectual Work

Lessons From the Field
By: M. Bruce King

Foreword by Fred M. Newmann

Through richly detailed case studies, see how AIW framework helps improve instruction, assessment, and curriculum at the statewide, districtwide, and individual school levels.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483381077
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: May 09, 2016

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Meet challenging standards by promoting students' authentic intellectual work

Educators have long called for more rigor and engagement in classroom work, alongside calls for enhancing equity. Yet classroom practices and student outcomes have been slow to change.
A promising solution is the research-backed, real world-tested potential of the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) framework to meet intellectually challenging standards including Common Core. This book provides

  • Richly detailed case studies of successful AIW implementation at the statewide, districtwide, and individual school levels
  • Illustrations of collaborative teaming to advance higher-order thinking, disciplined inquiry, and value beyond school
  • Exemplars of how AIW transforms professional development and evaluations and increases coherence and alignment of initiatives

There is no such thing as a simple formula for school improvement, but the AIW approaches presented in this book will help school- and district-based teams improve the quality of instruction, assessment, and curriculum for more rigorous and more equitable student learning

"It is inspiring to read these educators’ testaments to the profound personal and professional impact of their efforts to promote students’ authentic intellectual work."
—Fred M. Newmann, Emeritus Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"AIW is an instructional game changer. It has brought coherence across our district’s schools as we help our teachers help students become 21st-century learners."
—Michael Duncan, Superintendent
Pike County Schools, GA

Key features

  1. Includes richly-detailed examples of AIW implementation at the state, district, building, and classroom levels.
  2. Guides readers in the design of professional learning that leads to effective transfer back to the classroom.
  3. Although this is meant to serve as a companion piece to the core book on AIW, the introductory chapter offers a concise description of the core principles of AIW that would also enable facilitators to use this as a stand-alone text.
  4. AIW has been validated by research conducted over more than two decades. Most recently, it has been the focus of a state-wide initiative.


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M. Bruce King

Dr. M. Bruce Kingis a Faculty Associate with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work in ELPA concentrates on teaching courses on instructional leadership and teacher capacity, coordinating the Wisconsin Idea PhD cohort program in K–12 leadership, and building effective partnerships between the department and schools and districts.

Bruce has been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work, the Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform for Youth with Disabilities and the Center for Organization and Restructuring of Schools. He received his PhD in curriculum and instruction from UW-Madison and taught upper elementary, middle, and high school for 11 years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Quito, Ecuador.

Bruce has been a research fellow at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, and has consulted on two research projects in Australian schools that extended the body of research on AIW. He serves as associate editor for the international journal Teaching and Teacher Education, and has published in national and international research and practitioner journals. Currently, he provides professional development as an AIW coach in Wisconsin and Georgia.

Along with colleagues Fred Newmann and Dana Carmichael, Bruce recently published a companion book to this volume, Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning (Corwin, 2015).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Improving Instruction for Excellence and Equity: Teaching for Authentic Intellectual Work

2. Professional Learning for Authentic Intellectual Work: Iowa’s Statewide Initiative

3. Meeting State Accountability Requirements Through AIW

4. Focusing on the Right Thing: Using AIW to Build Coherence and Align Initiatives

5. AIW Transformational Learning: The Pilot Year

6. Curriculum and Professional Development Practices Transformed Through the AIW Framework

7. Ensuring the Right Work Within Collaborative Teams: Enhanced PLCs Through the AIW Framework and Protocols

8. If It’s Right for Kids: Evaluations That Promote Teachers’ Learning and Implementation of AIW

9. Transforming Professional Development and Student Learning: Evaluating Impact

10. Schools and Districts Promoting Authentic Intellectual Work



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