Capacity Building Tools

The IFL offers an array of tools to assist educators in their instructional improvement efforts and set goals for future professional learning. Our tools promote collaboration, connect individuals across role groups, address problems of practice, and prompt action.

Below is a sampling of the types of tools we have in each category.

Instructional Materials

Instructional Materials

The IFL's content-specific instructional materials advance student learning, assist teachers to enact high-quality instruction, and provide educators with a model of coherent and challenging curricula.

Performance-Based Assessments (PBAs)

Performance-Based Assessments (PBAs)

The IFL's PBAs in ELA, history, mathematics, and science prepare students for 21st century assessments and help teachers identify what students know and can do and determine next steps for instruction.

Formative Assessment Tools

Formative Assessment Tools

The IFL's content-specific tools and routines assist teachers to use multiple means of assessment to determine what students know and where they need additional support.

Discussion Tools

Discussion Tools

The IFL has been in the business of helping teachers foster academically productive student talk for 20 years. We have a suite of content-specific and cross-content tools designed to cultivate student collaboration and productive student talk.

Text and Task Analysis Tools

Text and Task Analysis Tools

The IFL's content-specific tools assist teachers to analyze the quality of texts and tasks for alignment with 21st century standards and the potential to build students' knowledge of core concepts in the content areas.

Lesson Planning Tools

Lesson planning tools

The IFL's content-specific lesson planning tools assist educators to design instruction that advances students' learning and engages students in the intellectual struggle of learning.

Classroom Observation Tools & Protocols

Classroom Observation Tools & Protocols

The IFL's content-specific observation tools and protocols assist educators at all levels to focus observations on the instructional core and provide non-evaluative feedback.

Professional Learning Community Resources

Professional Learning Community Resources

The IFL has a suite of tools to help educators develop, strengthen, and support professional learning communities. Tools help educators focus on instructional matters and engage in cycles of learn, apply, assess, and reflect.

Professional Development Modules

Professional Development Modules

The IFL offers content-specific professional development modules specifically designed for professional learning communities. These modules include facilitator guides, slides, task sheets, and suggested readings.

Studying Student Work Protocols

Studying Student Work Protocols

The IFL's studying student work protocols assist educators to analyze and discuss student work in order to determine what students know and can do and determine next steps for instruction and teacher professional development.

Principles of Learning Tools

Principles of Learning Tools

The IFL has a suite of tools that help educators embed the Principles of Learning into the fabric of school and district practice. We offer tools for individual study as well as tools that are embedded in professional development courses.

Coaching Tools

Coaching Tools

The IFL has a suite of content-specific and cross-content coaching tools designed to help coaches and instructional leaders clarify the role of a coach and maximize the coach’s effectiveness.

Leadership Tools

Leadership Tools

The IFL has an array of tools specifically designed for instructional leaders to assist them to plan and evaluate instructional initiatives squarely focused on the instructional core.

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