The AAIS Teaching for Understanding Planning Cycle
The term “PLC’s” is used widely across the nation as a means for increasing the quality of instructional planning and analysis of the demonstration of student mastery of learning targets within standards. However, the understanding of the process to achieve the means is often vague and teachers and administrators are unsure of exactly what all a team must think about and discuss when designing instruction – both unit and daily lessons. The Teaching for Understanding Planning Cycle™ (TFU) reflects the current research from educational experts such as Larry Ainsworth, Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe, James Popham, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Robert Marzano, et al. which, when considered in the planning process, will increase the chances of student mastery of learning targets within standards at a much higher rate. The cycle serves as a framework for teams to use as they start with the standards to be taught through analysis of student work that reflects the learning of that standard and the implications of the appropriateness of the decision-making of the team when designing instruction around those standards.
AAIS is proud to partner with a variety of school districts across the country, including large, urban districts and small, rural systems. Some of our clients include:
Metro Nashville (TN) Public Schools and AAIS have worked together since 2007 to implement system wide K-12 professional learning communities and establish a nationally recognized system of career academies.
East Prairie (MO) School District. AAIS conducted an instructional planning workshop to prepare the East Prairie MO School District to implement the new Unit of Instruction Organizer as required by their new evaluation system, the NEE.
Berkeley County (SC) School District has been implementing grade level and content area teaming with support from AAIS. BCSD has adopted the Teach for Understanding model as their instructional design framework.
Clay County (FL) School District High schools in Clay County are all trained not just in the Teach For Understanding Cycle, but also in Standards Based Interdisciplinary Planning, a new model for cross curricular thinking and instructional design. AAIS is also heavily involved in strategic planning and data anlysis efforts in Clay County.
Knob Noster (MO) VIII School District AAIS consultants have provided training, coaching and consultation for the implementation of professional learning communities with a focus on instructional planning using the Unit of Instruction Organizer and STEAM design principles.
Excelsior Sprigs (MO) School District AAIS has partnered with Excelsior Springs to provide training in an instructional coaching model designed to engage individual teachers and groups in cycles of continuous improvement.
If you would like more information on the work we are doing in these districts, or with our clients in other parts of the country, please send us a message via the contact page on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!