Iowa Shares AIW Evaluation

In September 2007, the Iowa Department of Education (IDE) began the Authentic Intellectual Work project of professional development with high school administrator and teacher teams to enhance the intellectual quality of student work in Iowa schools. March 8, 2013, an addendum was added to this report.

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Center Guiding Principles

The Center developed four guiding principles to help clarify mission, roles and responsibilities.


  • AIW Learning is best done collectively. 
  • AIW Learning is organic. 
  • AIW Learning is authentic. 
  • AIW learning requires risk-taking.

The latest tool we've develped for teams is The AIW Journey, A Guide for Reflective Practice.  

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2015 Summer Academy Registration Now Open

The 2015 Summer Academies are just around the corner. Last summer yielded amazing action plans for sharing AIW virtual postings with the Center's collective AIW community, adding a spirited effort to showcase enthusiasm and quality work. Some products included YouTube videos and Facebook postings on the Center website to share their stories with other schools. 

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Primer: Authentic Intellectual Work

Based on years of research, the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) framework has demonstrated marked results in transforming student achievement.

Watch this slide show for an overview of the AIW framework or read the full report.

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Meet Our AIW Coaches

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Rachel Downing Rachel Downing
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Sue Chartier Sue Chartier
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Jody Herbold Jody Herbold
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Tessa Hemann Tessa Hemann
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Each AIW experience has left me with thought-provoking questions, a clearer sense of my instruction, and the motivation to become a more deliberate teacher.

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
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The Center's mission is to fundamentally transform the quality of student learning through teacher professional development by using the AIW framework to foster deep reflective practice—with profound respect for the work and for the people doing it.

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Authentic Instruction and Assessment

This seminal work outlines the foundational research validating Authentic Intellectual Work.

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