Powerful learning for educators. Every student succeeding. Equitable change for all.

What is the Institute for Learning?

The Institute for Learning (IFL) works to ensure that every student – especially those traditionally underserved due to income, race, and language – has access to high-level texts, tasks, and high-quality learning opportunities to build the critical thinking and deep reasoning skills that are required for success. We believe that the way to achieve equitable and sustainable change is to focus on coherent, evidence-based learning for all educators across an educational system.

Bridges to Learning

Research. Practice. Results.

Bridges to Learning, IFL’s weekly blog, connects educators with knowledge and research that shows every student can learn when provided cognitively challenging instructional opportunities and learning environments can flourish when collaboration is valued, voice is honored, and agency is realized.

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Robust Vocabulary Instruction

January 31, 2023

Although there are many approaches to vocabulary instruction, Robust Vocabulary Instruction, a research-based approach developed by Dr. Isabel Beck and Dr. Margaret McKeown, provides students with the rich interaction needed for students to develop true ownership and understanding of words.

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Foundational Practices

Professional Learning

Principles of Learning

Continuous Improvement

Content Focused Coaching

Instructional Leadership

Dallas ISD Student + Teacher Design Collaborative on Race and Racism

This publication highlights the voices of Dallas Independent School District (ISD) middle and high school students and teachers who participated in the Dallas ISD Student + Teacher Design Collaborative on Race and Racism. Over a three-month period, teachers and students met to listen deeply to each others’ experiences with race and racism and develop classroom lessons about racial identity. The Collaborative was created as part of the Network for School Improvement, a partnership between Dallas ISD and the Institute for Learning.