Darling-Hammond Endorsed!

Stanford University Professor of Education, Linda Darling-Hammond, says Newmann, Carmichael and King new book offers "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.”

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New Academies for New Learning!

This summer the Center for AIW will offer three Summer Academies:

  • "What is AIW? Academy" for school leadership in an explorer phase, wanting to learn more about AIW school reform
  • "Next Steps Academy," for school leadership wanting to phase in data analysis of their AIW Implementation
  • "Unit Planning Academy" for school leadership wanting to phase in AIW unit planning and scoring at their schools
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2016-17 Unit Planning Cohort Innovates

The feedback is in: AIW Unit Planning is ready for mainstream participation. We’ve streamlined the experience, offering more learning in less time. With new and better materials, participants develop and score units, maximizing what AIW has to offer. Now, the entire experiences fits into one semester. 

This exciting change starts summer 2016. Join us! Registration information coming out soon!

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AIW Coaching Cohorts Continue in IA, GA and MN

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. All AIW schools committed to developing internal capacity are welcome!

Registration for the 2016-17 AIW Coaching opens soon!

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Center for AIW 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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Meet Our AIW Coaches

Jarrod O'Donnell Jarrod O'Donnell
Local Coach
Jessica Hillers Jessica Hillers
Local Coach
Randy Miller Randy Miller
Local Coach
Marci Dunlap Marci Dunlap
Local Coach
John Fernstrum John Fernstrum
Local Coach
Mona Yanacheak Mona Yanacheak
Lead Coach
Jim Edgeton Jim Edgeton
Local Coach
Kathy Steinmetz Kathy Steinmetz
Local Coach
Mary E. Heck Mary E. Heck
Local Coach

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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Become an AIW School

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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