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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2015-16 AIW Coaching Cohort Registration Now Open

The Center for AIW believes in developing local capacity to sustain the reform work. Once the AIW reform has taken hold at a site, the leadership team may nominate two or more staff to become Local AIW Coaches. Registration has opened for the 2015-16 Local Coach Cohort.

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2015-16 Unit Planning Cohort Registration Now Open

AIW Unit Planning Cohort participants develop and score units, maximizing what AIW has to offer, as well as build more local capacity at schools. The learning is individualized for each participant, through collaboration with others across districts. This approach, combined with the Common Core or National Standards to ensure standards-based thinking, creates a powerful experience and strong results.

2015-16 Iowa Host Sites: Indianola Community Schools, Gilbert Community Schools, Fairfield Community Schools and begins 9/16/2015 in Indianola, IA.



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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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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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Authentic Instruction and Assessment

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

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