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 Metro Nashville (TN) Public Schools, Berkeley County (SC) School District, Knob Noster (MO) VIII School District, and Grand Prairie (TX) ISD. 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!