Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW): Rigor and Relevance for Equity and Excellence
AIW Coaches Laura Lang and Bruce King along with instructional coach Lynn Glueck from Madison West High School (WI) presented at the recent Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Conference. The session, Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW): Rigor and Relevance for Equity and Excellence, was attended by over 50 educators from 20 different school districts across the country.
Laura, Bruce, and Lynn introduced the Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) Framework, provided data that revealed the importance of engaging in this work, and discussed how AIW helps to promote educational equity. The presenters then led the session attendees in an activity in which they worked in small groups. They analyzed a teaching artifact (assignment) and determined to what extent this artifact promoted “construction of knowledge.” The attendees engaged in a discussion about teaching practices and the purposes of certain types of teaching tasks. To be sure, the attendees came away with some thoughts about instruction and authentic student learning opportunities that they can take back to their schools.
The AIW Institute is thankful to MSAN for including this work in the conference!
From the AIW Session at the MSAN Institute