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How Schools and Districts Meet Rigorous Standards Through Authentic Intellectual Work
Lessons From the Field

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Foreword by Fred M. Newmann



© 2016 | 176 pages | Corwin

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
Fred M. Newmann
Foreword
M. Bruce King
1. Improving Instruction for Excellence and Equity: Teaching for Authentic Intellectual Work
Dana L. Carmichael and Rita Penney Martens
2. Professional Learning for Authentic Intellectual Work: Iowa’s Statewide Initiative
Fred Nolan and Jake Nelson
3. Meeting State Accountability Requirements Through AIW
Gretchen Kriegel, Shannon Guyer, Jessica Hillers, Kim Carlson, Robyn Ponder, Jean Kehoe, and Sarah Goldsmith
4. Focusing on the Right Thing: Using AIW to Build Coherence and Align Initiatives
Dana L. Carmichael, Mary B. Segal, Christina Brewer, Amy Adkins, and Allison McGrath
5. AIW Transformational Learning: The Pilot Year
Patricia Briese, Michele Dirkx, Joe Mueting, and Elli Wiemers
6. Curriculum and Professional Development Practices Transformed Through the AIW Framework
Becca Lindahl and Shelly Boley
7. Ensuring the Right Work Within Collaborative Teams: Enhanced PLCs Through the AIW Framework and Protocols
Kathy Lemberger, Tammy O’Connor, and Jim Bukowski
8. If It’s Right for Kids: Evaluations That Promote Teachers’ Learning and Implementation of AIW
Susan E. Peterson, Christina Wahlert, Tammie M. McKenzie, and Hope Bossard
9. Transforming Professional Development and Student Learning: Evaluating Impact
M. Bruce King
10. Schools and Districts Promoting Authentic Intellectual Work

"While the public is clamoring for added rigor and relevance in schools, educators are grappling with determining the definitions of these concepts. Authentic Intellectual Work standards and criteria allow educators to have deep and meaningful discussions. The AIW Framework and accompanying protocols have transformed professional development and learning communities by providing a common language of effective, research-based, rigorous and relevant education. This work fully supports the changes required in classrooms to reform and improve outcomes for students of all subgroups." 

Katy Evenson, Ed.S.
Northwest Area Education Agency

"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, Ed.D.
Pike County Schools, GA

"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
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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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