It is amazing that we are rolling into our fourth month of school already. Parent-teacher conferences and the end of the first nine-week period are in our rear view mirror.

As educators, we are always trying to improve our practice. In this month's newsletter, we feature Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW). The work of our instructional coaches has evolved to include AIW, which is a practice of teachers getting together to score a task instruction or student performance. They use a rubric in each subject area to explore whether knowledge has been constructed, students can elaborate and communicate the concept, or if there is value beyond school. Teachers meet in PLCs to score their own lessons and tasks. Northwest AEA instructional coaches help facilitate this discussion. Please read more about AIW in the next article.

Keep up the good work!

In addition, we hope our monthly blogs will inform, inspire and guide your daily work. Please check them out here:

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator