AIW Institute Services

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. Please contact the AIW Institute for more information about these opportunities.

AIW Mini-Courses

Whether you are a current or prospective AIW practitioner, we invite you to participate in these new AIW Institute mini-courses, designed to deepen your understanding about key elements of the AIW framework and PD process. 


Updated 9/29/2020: Each mini-course includes two 120-minute synchronous Zoom sessions, with an opportunity to apply new learnings and receive feedback from AIW coaches between those sessions. Join us for one or more mini-courses during the 2020-2021 year!  Cost: $150/course.


Course schedules and topics

Note: All synchronous sessions are scheduled from 8:30am-10:30am US Central Time on the dates notes below. 


October 12 & November 9, 2020: Substantive Conversations in both Face-to-Face and Virtual Spaces 

Register by October 9! 

How can teachers increase student learning through Substantive Conversations, whether in a physical classroom or online? Participants will explore a process for planning a lesson around a substantive conversation. They will also learn how to use that process to work with peers as they plan classroom conversations. 

Instructor: Susie Peterson, TS Education Consultants


November 30 & December 14, 2020: Instructional Planning with AIW in Mind     

Register by November 21! 

Are your virtual, hybrid or face-to-face lessons and units addressing important concepts or problems with Higher Order Thinking (HOT) and Value Beyond School (VBS)? Participants in this mini-course will utilize a planning template and enhance their capacity to ensure that AIW lessons are addressing the most important content.

Instructor: M. Bruce King, Director of the AIW Institute


January 11 & February 1, 2021: Higher Order Thinking (HOT) & Questioning Strategies   

Register by January 8! 

How do we maximize higher order thinking for our students and improve our questioning skills? Participants in this mini-course will analyze questioning patterns, formulate goals, and identify strategies to improve questioning skills and impact student learning.  

Instructor: Susie Peterson, TS Education Consultants


February 22 & March 22, 2021: AIW Facilitation and Coaching Strategies     

Register by February 19! 

How can instructional coaches and team facilitators best support individual and collective learning during AIW team meetings? Participants in this mini-course will explore and apply facilitation strategies and tools that help move AIW teams toward deeper learning and collaboration. 

Instructor: Laura M. Lang, Associate Director of the AIW Institute


April 12 & May 3, 2021: Value Beyond School & Disciplinary Processes        

Register by April 9! 

How do students connect classroom work with the outside world? How can teachers construct lessons to maximize those connections? Participants in this mini-course will increase their understanding of Value Beyond School (VBS) and how curriculum choices and teacher intent help connect school work to the world beyond their classroom. 

AIW Community Conversations

AIW (Virtual) Community Conversations were piloted in the spring of 2020, and they brought AIW practitioners together to share their experiences, strategies, and questions. During the 2020-2021 school year, AIW Community Conversations will be offered once per quarter from 12:30-1:30pm US Central Time. All new and veteran AIW teachers and administrators are welcome to join us! There is no cost to participate. 


Register here for our next Community Conversation on November 5, 2020 (4:00-5:00pm US Central Time).

Full AIW Implementation

Designed to be a multi-year collaboration with a school or district, an AIW Coach works with educators and administrators to develop collaborative teacher teams and support the implementation of AIW. During multiple visits to the school, the AIW coach helps establish team norms, model the AIW scoring process, and engage teachers in critical conversations about improving instructional practices, which will improve student learning. Before and after each visit, the AIW coach engages with administrators to clarify goals and to ensure that the team meetings run effectively.

Learn more about AIW's unique PD Process here. 

Advanced AIW Workshops & Webinars

Does your AIW team, school or district need a refresher on the AIW scoring process? Do you want to deepen your understanding of one of the AIW criteria? Explore tools used to gather data around AIW implementation? The AIW Institute will develop a webinar or workshop designed to inspire the learning that your organization needs to take your AIW implementation to the next level.

Intro to AIW Workshop Series

This 6-session workshop introduces practicing teachers and administrators to the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) framework. This is ideal for schools or districts that would like to learn more about AIW before committing to multi-year implementation. Teachers and administrators from different schools/districts in nearby geographical regions can participate together.