Self-Study Tools

The Institute for Learning's Self-Study Suite of Tools allows educators to study the IFL's Principles of Learning in order to better understand and use the decades of research incorporated in the principles. Educators with busy professional lives and unpredictable schedules can study at their own pace whenever and wherever it's convenient. The Self-Study Tools, materials, and activities focus squarely on the instructional core and the preparation of students for college and careers. Self-Study Tools are for teachers, coaches, content-area specialists, and school and district leaders.

A subscription gives the user access to a wide range of online materials for one year. Depending on the tool, materials may include classroom videos and interviews, transcripts and commentary, case studies with videos, activities and tasks for individuals and study groups, e-book, full-text research articles, and pointers to further reading.

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Principles of Learning

The Principles of Learning describe classrooms and instructional practices that enable all students to achieve high academic standards through sustained and targeted effort. The Principles of Learning study tool introduces all nine principles to educators who wish to provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students and to reflect on instruction for further planning. Participants learn about the Principles of Learning by reading, watching and reflecting on video, listening to audio clips, and studying additional resources. In the course of the sessions, participants will understand what the principles mean, why they matter, what they look like in practice, and how to bring them to life in classrooms and schools.

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Accountable Talk® Practices

Accountable Talk® Practices, one of nine Principles of Learning, describes classrooms where academic talk is used to enable all students to achieve high academic standards through sustained and targeted effort. The online Accountable Talk® Practices Self-Study Tool is designed to help users develop a clear understanding of what Accountable Talk® practices look like in the classroom and learn how they can make it the norm in their classrooms and schools.

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Clear Expectations

Clear Expectations, one of the nine Principles of Learning, describes classrooms where all students achieve because what they are expected to learn has been explained explicitly through descriptive criteria, models of work that meet standards which are discussed with students, and clear information about how students can improve their work. Educators, too, must know the learning expectations and be able to communicate them to parents, the community and above all, students. Clear Expectations allow students to see what they are aiming for at each stage of learning so they can participate in evaluating their own work and setting goals for continual improvement.

Activities and materials are designed to introduce the key features of the principle and help educators establish a culture of Clear Expectations for their students. Its purpose is to help educators recognize, understand, and establish Clear Expectations in schools and classrooms.

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  • Individual access to the Institute's Self-Study Tools is available by subscription. A subscription grants users an annual license to articles, videos and other copyrighted material for individual use, and may not be distributed by the user. An email containing a username, password, and login instructions will be delivered to you 1-2 business days after payment is received.
  • Please direct any questions on the Self-Study Tools to Carolyn Mazzella 412-624-6190 or cam114@pitt.edu.