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What is Teacher Clarity?

Your teachers know the standards inside and out, but how comfortable are they creating curriculum that aligns to them? How well do they understand what they need to teach, how to teach it, and how they’re going to measure success?

Teacher Clarity is a research-based process for narrowing and focusing activities, cutting away aspects of instruction that don’t help learning by identifying the most critical parts of instruction: learning intentions, success criteria, and learning progressions.

With an effect size of .75, Teacher Clarity can double the rate of student learning. It supports the goal of creating Assessment-Capable Learners who are three times more likely to achieve in school resulting in improved attendance, engagement, retention, progress, and success for all learners. In the Teacher Clarity Professional Learning Series educators and leaders will be equipped with the step-by-step process that reinforces the gradual release of responsibility of learning from the teacher to the student to ensure all are absolutely clear about what they need to learn, why they are learning it, and how to build ownership.


Develop Clarity for Learning

  1. Define and describe learning intentions and success criteria
  2. Apply the process to a single standard
  3. Break a learning intention into learning progressions
  4. Continue the process with multiple standards within a unit of study
  5. Co-construct success criteria
  6. Transfer ownership of learning by partnering with students

Get immediate results with our professional learning series, beginning with Learning Intentions and Success Criteria.


Workshop: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria (LISC)
with Larry Ainsworth

When teachers gain clarity and work together to focus in on the most important standards, they address 80-90% of what is assessed. With ongoing, embedded formative assessment aligned to clear learning intentions and criteria for success, the result is a visible learner who is assessment-capable and equipped with strategies to take ownership of learning.

Step 1: Learning Intentions and Success Criteria


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