Many state standard initiatives focus on content alone. Iowa has chosen to place a spotlight on instruction as well as content. The Iowa Core Curriculum includes 5 Characteristics of Effective Instruction: Teaching for Understanding; Assessment for Learning; Teaching for Learner Differences; Rigor & Relevance; and Student Centered Classrooms. The activities included in the mini-module may be used to help stakeholders start to develop an understanding of these Characteristics of Effective Instruction. Activities may be found by looking to the links below.



Katy Evenson
Administrator for Educational Services and Media