Professional Development with AIW Coaches
We have worked with educators at all levels (building, district, regional, and state) to improve the intellectual quality of teaching and to enhance excellence and equity in student learning.
Our main strategy focuses on sustained, embedded teachers’ professional learning to bring Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) to scale within each school.
- The Center for AIW co-creates an AIW plan with sites to incorporate the Key Components for authentic intellectual teams.
- The Center for AIW Coach provides onsite support of AIW pilot school teams with a unique professional learning model that fosters collaboration and increases risk-taking.
- The Center for AIW Coach begins building local capacity through leadership team meetings and mentoring to local leads interested in becoming Local Coaches.
Local Coach Development
The Center for AIW believes in developing local capacity. Once the AIW reform has taken hold at a site, the leadership team may nominate two or more staff to become Local AIW Coaches.
These Local Coaches become the site’s vision-keepers of the reform by:
- Planning the professional development for the building through an AIW lens, and
- Keeping the effort cohesive by bridging leadership with staff and central office.
The pathway of required experiences for consideration includes:
- Scoring regularly on an AIW team for at least one year
- Participating in leadership team meetings with the Lead Coach
- Demonstrating leadership in AIW in the school or district
- Demonstrating skills in collaboration and facilitation in working with teachers
- Attending the AIW Coordinator's Academy
- Helping plan staff development for school or district
Once selected, Local Coaches participate in a year-long cohort experience and receive ongoing support from Lead AIW Coach Dana Carmichael. Experiences include:
- Local Coach's Summer Institute
- Three Institutes during the school year
- One Skype conference
- Reflection using the Learning Team 4 Growth protocol
Please note: This certification is not available to educators who are not currently participating with an AIW school. If you are at a current AIW site and interested in more information:
Lead Coach Development
To become an AIW Lead Coach, you must work as a liaison with a current certified Lead Coach. This certification is not available to educators who are not currently participating with an AIW school.
Liaisons are local or regional leads who participate and learn with the expectation of becoming an AIW Lead Coach. The most important criterion is participating in two or more teams, ideally at different school sites.
Role of the AIW Coach
The primary function of the AIW Coach is to facilitate collective scoring, discussion, and feedback on instruction, assignments and tasks, and student work, and offer course corrections for the AIW teams. Lead Coaches, who are not from the school or district, visit the site three times a year. Local Coaches run the AIW professional development within the district and/or building.
The roles of a Lead Coach include the following:
- The Lead Coach facilitates leadership team meetings where the administration, school AIW team leaders, and AEA staff from two or more sites come together to practice scoring and plan ongoing building-based AIW implementation.
- The Lead AIW Coach works off-site with the AIW team leaders, building administration, and the AIW Liaison.
- The Coach participates and facilitates sessions at the Kick-Off and Mid-Year Institutes, and leads Kick-Off Events at their schools as they expand AIW team members.