We embrace the power of collaboration. We help teachers, coaches, and administrators define and work towards a common vision of what it means to know, learn, and teach English language arts (ELA).
We know the power of engaging as learners. We engage educators in the kinds of text-based tasks that improve students' reading, writing, and reasoning in ELA. This allows educators to reflect on current practices, learn new ways of working, and determine quality instruction in ELA.
We understand the power of shared experiences. We ask participants to implement common tasks, lessons, or units with their students and bring back artifacts of practice for discussion, reflection, and further planning.
Our professional development courses range from short, targeted workshops to courses that are embedded in multi-year and multi-discipline school, district, or state partnerships. Our courses are most effective when teachers work side-by-side with professionals who support classroom instruction, such as coaches, administrators, and central office educators. Additional courses are available for leaders to support ELA teaching and learning.
Our professional development courses help ELA educators
The IFL's English language arts (ELA) units engage students as sense-makers and problem-solvers as they read, think, write, and talk about complex texts. Tasks invite students to dig deeply into individual texts and work across two or more texts. Units can be flexibly integrated into existing curricula.
Designed to be educative for teachers, our ELA units include
The IFL's ELA units can be used as
We know that there isn't a "one size fits all" approach to education; therefore, we've aligned our units in two ways. First, we provide a suggested grade band. These grade bands are indicators of where we've seen students be successful in comprehending the unit texts and engaging in the tasks. Second, we provide a focus grade. This is the specific grade that the unit is aligned to using the CCSS. Please consider your professional judgment, experience, and knowledge of your students when deciding which unit is best suited for use in your classroom.