"Classroom Instruction That Works"

Teachers representing all grade levels have been trained in the  Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW), a comprehensive set of teaching strategies that have been found to be effective in increasing the academic achievement of all students at all grade levels. All North Smithfield students will benefit from consistent, predictable instructional strategies throughout their educational careers.


"Classroom Instruction That Works" has synthesized more than 100 research studies on classroom instruction and identified nine categories of instructional strategies that are correlated with higher student achievement.  These results were published through ASCD as Classroom Instruction that Works (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollack, 2001).  Focusing on better classroom instruction can have an immediate and positive impact on student performance.


The book that each teacher has been provided "Classroom Instruction That Works"  translates research into action… McRel believes that know-how usually comes with practice and their approach is by giving teachers time to apply new research-based practices in their own classrooms and to share what they are learning with one another. 

As important to learning how to implement research-based strategies in their classrooms, teachers will also be able to understand why it is important to implement those strategies; in which situations and with which students strategies are most likely to have the most impact.


Teachers say that the biggest difference they experience in learning from CITW about how to improve student achievement is that they become more intentional with their instruction techniques.  While they may already employ some of the strategies, they now use them more thoughtfully.