Theory of Action

The IFL’s work with educators is rooted in theories of education and in theories of organizational change. Our theory of action considers the contexts of classrooms, schools, and districts, and the challenges of providing high quality instruction for all students. Four fundamental ideas drive the IFL’s work with educators:

  • Effort creates ability.
  • Discipline-specific content knowledge and pedagogy are essential for student achievement.
  • Learning occurs when teachers and students work together around challenging ideas and instructional materials.
  • Leaders support the growth of instructional capacity by managing resources and influences on classrooms.