Important message from the AIW Institute: The AIW Institute supports and stands with those who are protesting racism and advocating for the dynamic communities targeted for oppression. We recommit ourselves to collaborative work that advances equity, justice, and democracy in education, by advocating for pedagogy that engages all students in meaningful, challenging work.
With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Professor Fred M. Newmann, the leading scholar and researcher of Authentic Intellectual Work. AIW Institute director Dr. M. Bruce King, Newmann’s colleague for over 25 years, explains, “Fred’s research and professional development efforts have energized teachers’ collaborative work, and influenced instruction and assessment for both improved learning and more equitable learning. His colleagues and K-12 educators continue to apply AIW in classrooms across the country and internationally.” Professor Newmann’s obituary
The AIW Institute offers professional development and capacity building using the Framework for Authentic Intellectual Work, developed by Drs. Fred Newmann, M. Bruce King, and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
The AIW framework drives our collaborations with teacher teams and administrators. The framework consists of three criteria that are essential to high quality learning experiences for students: construction of knowledge, disciplined inquiry and value beyond school. A school-based AIW team analyzes examples of teacher tasks, student performance, and instruction through the lens of these three criteria.
Do students construct new knowledge through higher order thinking?
Do students build on prior knowledge to develop in-depth understanding, expressed through elaborated forms of communication?
Do students apply knowledge to real world problems or issues of personal relevance?
The AIW Framework is put into practice through a unique approach to teacher collaboration.
Using AIW's rubrics, teacher teams analyze instructional artifacts and build shared understandings. AIW coaches support each team's unique learning journey.
The AIW Institute Coaches work with schools through multiple approaches and media to support collaborative teacher team-building, enhanced instruction, and more authentic learning for students.
Life-Long Educators, Instructional Coaches, School Administrators and Trained Researchers
Meet the educators and coaches of the AIW Institute.
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