Working with AIW
The Center for Authentic Intellectual Work provides professional development to improve the quality of teaching to help students:
- Develop higher order thinking,
- Demonstrate complex understanding of significant concepts, and
- Engage in work that has meaning and value beyond school.
Significant features of AIW professional development include:
- Teachers, administrators, liaisons, and coaches form professional learning communities focused on the successful implementation of AIW.
- Leadership Meetings focus on expansion within a school, appropriate allocation of resources, and deep understanding of the AIW framework.
- Instructional personnel develop a common vision of quality instruction that is supported by research and aimed at improving student achievement.
- Teachers, individually and collectively, become more reflective and apply AIW to everyday classroom practices.
- Local capacity for sustainable reform increases over time.
How does AIW Professional Development work?
The flowchart below illustrates the year-long cycle that AIW Coaches follow in the professional development of teachers in the AIW model.
Through a team structure, teachers are provided with in-depth support so they can implement the AIW framework to help students perform at a higher quality of intellectual work.
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