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CIS Instructional Framework

An instructional framework provides a cohesive structure made up of proven components, but it is adaptable so as to work with varying teaching styles, content areas, and student needs (while maintaining the core structure of the framework). Teachers can unleash their creativity with confidence that their students are going to be successful. These frameworks are essential because they define the objectives of success. 

Check out ten of the most important benefits we like to share:

  1. Leadership of high performing schools is distinguished by its active oversight and coordination of the instructional framework (Heck, Larsen, and Marcoulides, 1990)
  2. Students achieve more in schools with a coherent and systematic application of the instructional framework (Newmann, Smith, Allensworth, & Bryk, 2001)
  3. Teachers develop stronger professional communities when they use a common instructional framework (Bryk, Sebring, Allensworth, Luppenscu, & Easton, 2010)
  4. Within a grade, an instructional framework ensures students at the same grade level get equivalent access to subject content, regardless of teacher assignment
  5. Collaborative planning and grade coordination ensures a progression of increasingly difficult subject matter
  6. A common instructional framework means that teachers reinforce the same ideas, use similar vocabulary of communicating those ideas, know how to make links with what has gone before, and are guided in their efforts by common assessments
  7. Instructional supports, such as tutors, remedial programs, and parent involvement, also adhere to the use of the instructional framework (Vivian Robinson, 2011)
  8. An instructional framework provides teachers a means of improving their practice with professional learning opportunities that are integrated and cumulative, and that convey consistent messages about how to teach
  9. Teachers’ motivation is greater when they are confident that the focus of their professional learning will remain consistent, despite changes in school or district leadership
  10. In high-performing schools, leaders are actively involved in collegial discussions focused on the application and use of the instructional framework 

Please refer to CIS instructional fraemworks below (these will be updated if necessary):



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