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ISLES Instructional Strategies


Pre-service candidates will develop a common framework of instructional practices that highlight 10 effective evidence-based strategies for increasing student achievement through a series of 3 online Instructional Strategy Lessons for Educators Series (ISLES) modules.


Three modules based on declarative, procedural, and conditional knowledge were developed and imbedded into introductory courses, methods courses, and advanced courses. The final module, ISLES 3, requires teacher candidates to plan, instruct, and assess a lesson that includes use of ISLES strategies. Critical reflection then occurs with faculty.

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Contributions to the Field

The ISLES framework provides a finite set of instructional strategies to use when working with novice teacher candidates. The modules allow teacher candidates to build their knowledge of the instructional strategies as they progress through the program. The establishment of a common language in high leverage practices is critical in developing expertise in novice teacher candidates.

TQP/Pirate CODE Project Implementation Timeline
Teacher Education Program Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
  201180 201180 201230 201330 201330 201380 201430 201480 201530 201580 201630

Art Education

Business Education                      
Birth thru Kindergarten Education                      
Dance Education                      
Elementary Education                      
English Education                      
Family and Consumer Sciences Education                      
Foreign Languages Education                      
History/Social Studies Education                      
School Health Education                      
Physical Education                      
Mathematics Education                      
Middle Grades Education                      
Music Education                      
Science Education                      
Special Education                      
Theatre Education                      
Implementation Timeline Codes
  Original Language Current Language
White Not Involved  
Red Problem Analysis Squishy Pilot
Gold Prototype Design Formal Pilot
Green Field Test and Iterative Refinement Refinement & Expansion
Blue Summative Evaluation Scale Up
Purple Component Adoption with Evaluation Monitoring Impact and Reflective Studies
Future Directions

As ISLES modules are fully embedded in coursework, faculty will continue to integrate the materials and resources in the ISLES modules more explicitly.