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ERIC Number: EJ1001512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Midwestern Magic: Iowa's Statewide Initiative Engages Teachers, Encourages Leadership, and Energizes Student Learning
Carmichael, Dana L.; Martens, Rita Penney
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n3 p22-26 Jun 2012
"This is the piece that's been missing." This reaction is common among educators engaged in AIW Iowa, an initiative that engages teachers and administrators in professional learning communities that are improving student achievement, increasing student engagement, and building a schoolwide professional culture focused on improving instruction. The framework for authentic intellectual work is shorthand for distinguishing between the more complex accomplishments of skilled adults and the usual work students do in school. Using data gathered from its statewide assessment, Iowa's Department of Education examined the performance of students in grades 3 through 11 in schools in which all teachers engaged in authentic intellectual work as their primary professional development for at least one year before administering the test. In comparisons in nine grades and four subjects for each--36 comparisons--students in schools implementing authentic intellectual work scored significantly higher in 26 comparisons, with higher percentages of students proficient in 32 comparisons.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa