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Authentic Intellectual Work
Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning



© 2016 | 152 pages | Corwin

Build teacher capacity to promote students' authentic intellectual work

In spite of numerous reforms to improve rigor and relevance in the classroom, our schools have been slow to change. This work provides

  • A research-validated, field-tested framework that can be applied across grades and disciplines
  • A powerful professional learning component that emphasizes teacher collaboration
  • Detailed examples of lessons, assignments, assessment tasks, and student work

Backed by over 20 years of research, the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) framework helps school-based teams improve the quality of instruction, assessment, and curriculum for higher and more equitable student learning.

“Newmann and colleagues offer a refreshing approach to research and professional development, which deeply honors teachers' critical inquiry and collaboration. Thanks to their insights, educators finally have a framework for promoting rigor and relevance across all grades and subjects. Those who join this journey will reap the rewards of increased teacher engagement and improved student learning.”
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
Stanford University


“Authentic Intellectual Work enables educators to overcome challenges to Common Core implementation. Newmann, Carmichael, and King explain how the AIW approach builds the culture of collaboration and trust required for successful school reform. Importantly, they show how collective professional development among teachers and school leaders can enhance educators’ learning and practice, leading to more equitable student outcomes.”
Greg Anrig, Senior Fellow
The Century Foundation

 
Introduction
 
Part I: The AIW Framework
 
1. Authentic Intellectual Work: Criteria, Examples, Rationale
 
Part II: Teaching to Promote Authentic Intellectual Work: Criteria, Standards, and Rubrics
 
2. Construction of Knowledge
 
3. Disciplined Inquiry
 
4. Value Beyond School
 
Part III: Implementation that Builds Capacity
 
5. AIW Research
 
6. Internal Support: Building Capacity for Improved Teaching within Schools
 
7. External Support: Building Capacity for Improved Teaching within Schools
 
Appendix
 
References

"Authentic Intellectual Work provides an effective framework for educators as we move from unpacking CCSS to a focus on instruction and assessment.  Your entire community will appreciate this research and evidenced based approach to closing significant achievement gaps through a focus on what matters most - engaging our youth in meaningful work that prepares them for college and careers. Add this to your Must Read list!"

Jill Gildea, Superintendent of Schools
Fremont School District 79, Mundelein, IL

“In a time when education and the world focus too much on testing, Newmann, Carmichael, and King present a set a compelling alternatives based on in-depth research and experience.  Their emphasis on rigor will support meaningful learning and transcend some of the silliness we all confront daily.

Peter Dillon, Superintendent of Schools
Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Stockbridge, MA

“Schools are looking for ways to help staff transition to the Common Core and that involves significant changes in the type of work teachers use with students.  Authentic Intellectual Work appears to be a great way to make that happen.

Richard A. Simon, Adjunct Instructor Educational Administration
Stony Brook University and LIU Post, Roslyn, NY

Authentic Intellectual Work is a powerful design for enhancing success for students across ability, ethnicity, and socioeconomics. Although similar ideas have been introduced in the field of education, AIW provides clear parameters for instruction that is authentic.”

Debbie Tracht, Learning Specialist, Professional Development Provider
Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, Vergennes, VT

"Newmann and colleagues offer a refreshing approach to research and professional development, which deeply honors teachers' critical inquiry and collaboration.  Thanks to their insights, educators finally have a framework for promoting rigor and relevance across all grades and subjects.  Those who join this journey will reap the rewards of increased teacher engagement and improved student learning."

Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education
Stanford University
Key features
  1. Presents a research-validated, field-tested framework for teaching (Authentic Intellectual Work) and learning designed to increase student-engagement and interest in academic work, promote deeper levels of professional learning for educators, and prepare students to address the complex intellectual challenges of work, civic participation, and managing personal affairs.
  2. When implemented effectively, AIW is a proven means to enhancing levels of student achievement and narrowing of achievement gaps across racial and socioeconomic lines.
  3. Includes a powerful professional learning component that addresses methods of capacity building focused on teachers working collectively to improve their pactice.
  4. Framework can be applied to any academic or applied discipline.
  5. Includes artifacts spanning grade levels such as assignments and assessment tasks, student work samples, and teacher artifacts from professional learning.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Part I


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