What do you really know about rigor? One of our missions is to provide all of our students with the best education we possibly can. One way to do that is to provide students a ‘rigorous’ experience, but what does that really mean? And how do we do that?
Administrators or a team of administrators from a school/district will work to create a deeper understanding of rigor from the research of:

  • Cheryl Grey (Getting Rigor Right),
  • David Paige, Grant Smith, and John Sizemore (Conceptualizing rigor and its implications for education)
  • Susan Blackburn (Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom).

Using CTL’s Rigor Rubric participants will work through an analysis of how well the school/district is addressing the key characteristics, and create a plan to address their findings for the coming school year.

 Characteristics of CTL’s Rigor Rubric

  • Instructional Practices
  • Assessment in the Classroom
  • Expectations for Student Work
  • Grading Practices
  • Curricular Coherence
  • Course taking or Grouping Patterns
  • Student Support
  • Collaboration in the School


Cohort Collaboration: Four 90 minute synchronous virtual learning experiences. 

(Pre-survey & readings open May 7)

  • May 12: What is rigor? 3:30 EST
  • Session 1 Overview
  • May 19: What are our strengths? Needs? 11:00 EST
  • May 26: How do we identify priorities? 11:00 EST
  • June 2: What is our plan? 3:30 EST
Independent Study: Four independent study experiences for participants as follow up to the synchronous experiences described above. 

Professional Product:  “Administrator-Talk” Videocast Episode, per participant (or team) reflecting learning, findings from analysis, and plan to address characteristic studied. A short (300 word reflection on the process will accompany the submission).

Individual Coaching:  Each participant will receive 30 minutes of facilitated reflection with a knowledgeable coach after classroom implementation and/or Videocast production.

EILA credit will be available for participants (12 hours)

Participants limited to 15
(or 6 teams of 2 or more)