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UW's King, Lang present at International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas

July 22, 2016

UW-Madison’s Bruce King and Laura Lang recently delivered a presentation at the International Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas, which was held July 14-17 in Toronto.

They were joined by Mary Allen and Cathy Moore from the Green Lake School District, which is Wisconsin’s only 4K-12 international baccalaureate (IB) district.

Their session was titled, “University-K-12 Partnership: Enhancing IB Unit Plans and Assessments through Collaborative Conversations using Authentic Intellectual Work.”

IB Conference presentation
Cathy Moore (left-to-right), Laura Lang, Mary Allen and
Bruce King pose for a photo at the International
Baccalaureate Conference of the Americas earlier this
month in Toronto.
King explains that high quality IB curriculum requires teaching and assessment that entails higher order thinking, disciplined inquiry, and value beyond school — the main criteria of Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) that results in improved student engagement and higher, more equitable achievement.

Backed by over 20 years of research, the Authentic Intellectual Work framework helps school-based teams improve the quality of instruction, assessment and curriculum for higher and more equitable student learning.

Their session introduced the AIW framework and research base, showed how teachers in one school district have enhanced MYP and DP units, and provided learning activities for participants to collaborate using AIW. King adds that participants learned how integrating the AIW framework for teaching and assessments enriches the IB curriculum and supports teachers' reflective practice.

King is a faculty associate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and also been a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), where he contributed to two studies focused on Authentic Intellectual Work.

Lang who received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012, is a lecturer with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and also works as an instructional coach.