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How Schools and Districts Meet Rigorous Standards Through Authentic Intellectual Work: Lessons From the Field

by M Bruce King Corwin Press
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Pbk 176 pages
AU$64.00 NZ$66.96
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The proposed project is meant to serve as a companion piece to Newmann/Carmichael/King's Authentic Intellectual Work. While the first AIW volume is more of a descriptive piece, this volume is meant to guide leaders in its effective implementation. It consists of original contributions from leaders at all levels of the system who have implemented AIW across states, districts, schools, and classrooms.


Contributors include a state department leader in curriculum and instruction; a state principal of the year; administrators from state-recognized schools; and classroom teachers across primary, elementary, and secondary grade levels and multiple subject areas. All of them have had extensive experience with the AIW framework and AIW professional development.


The main purpose of the proposed book is to help teachers and school or district administrators address and implement more rigorous curriculum standards, represented in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, and new standards in other subject areas such as the Next Generation Science Standards. AIW offers an instructional framework, shown through numerous research studies to promote higher and more equitable learning for diverse groups of students that brings school-wide coherence to different disciplinary standards for intellectual rigor and relevance.


It provides common criteria and rubrics for educators who are addressing these new standards and who seek to improve implementation of a number of related initiatives (e.g., problem- or project-based learning, understanding by design, 21st Century learning, interdisciplinary thematic curriculum). The richly-detailed chapters provide vivid illustrations of the work itself as well as guidelines for its effective implementation from those who have lived it and experienced its dramatic results.

Foreword - Fred M. Newmann
1. Improving Instruction for Excellence and Equity: Teaching for Authentic Intellectual Work - M. Bruce King
2. Professional Learning for Authentic Intellectual Work: Iowa's Statewide Initiative - Dana L. Carmichael and Rita Penney Martens
3. Meeting State Accountability Requirements Through AIW - Fred Nolan and Jake Nelson
4. Focusing on the Right Thing: Using AIW to Build Coherence and Align Initiatives - Gretchen Kriegel, Shannon Guyer, Jessica Hillers, Kim Carlson, Robyn Ponder, Jean Kehoe, and Sarah Goldsmith
5. AIW Transformational Learning: The Pilot Year - Dana L. Carmichael, Mary B. Segal, Christina Brewer, Amy Adkins, and Allison McGrath
6. Curriculum and Professional Development Practices Transformed Through the AIW Framework - Patricia Briese, Michele Dirkx, Joe Mueting, and Elli Wiemers
7. Ensuring the Right Work Within Collaborative Teams: Enhanced PLCs Through the AIW Framework and Protocols - Becca Lindahl and Shelly Boley
8. If It's Right for Kids: Evaluations That Promote Teachers' Learning and Implementation of AIW - Kathy Lemberger, Tammy O'Connor, and Jim Bukowski
9. Transforming Professional Development and Student Learning: Evaluating Impact - Susan E. Peterson, Christina Wahlert, Tammie M. McKenzie, and Hope Bossard
10. Schools and Districts Promoting Authentic Intellectual Work - M. Bruce King

"It is inspiring to read these educators’ testaments to the profound personal and professional impact of their efforts to promote students’ Authentic Intellectual Work."

Dr. M. Bruce King, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin - Madison, served as a researcher on the initial study of Authentic Intellectual Work, and principal investigator with the Research Institute for Secondary School Reform for Youth with Disabilities and consultant on two studies in Australia that extended the research on AIW. His teaching, scholarship, and outreach concentrate on instructional reform, professional community, and school and district leadership. He is published widely, and currently coaches schools and districts to promote Authentic Intellectual Work.