Welcome to the Iowa AIW Web Site
The AIW framework sets standards for teaching academic subjects that maximize expectations
of intellectual rigor for all students, increase student interest in academic work,
support teachers’ taking time to teach for in-depth understanding rather than superficial
coverage of material, provide a common conception of student intellectual work that
promotes professional community among teachers of different grade levels and subjects,
and most important, equip students to address the complex intellectual challenges
of work, civic participation, and managing personal affairs in the contemporary
The three criteria—construction of knowledge, through disciplined inquiry, to produce
discourse, products, and performances that have meaning beyond success in school—provide
a foundation of standards for the more complex intellectual work necessary for success
in contemporary society.
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