Teaching Resources

reDesigners find collaborating with schools, in classrooms and staff-rooms, to be incredibly energizing and creative work. This section of the Design Lab houses the prototypes and other resources we have developed to support the work of our clients. Many of these tools were developed in close collaboration with our clients, others we created to broaden and deepen our skills and understanding of complex teaching and learning issues.

Framework for Effective Instruction

The Framework for Effective Instruction (FEI) was our Lab's first design project, developed close to 15 years ago. The FEI evolved out of our own experience as instructional leaders--back when we ran our own schools. As we worked with some of the most marginalized students in Boston and New York City, it became clear that our teachers needed access to a model of teaching and learning that was strategy-rich and highly-focused. We designed the FEI as a way to support teachers as they create classrooms that emphasize college-preparatory activities such as problem-solving and critical-thinking.

The theoretical underpinnings of the FEI are described in a handbook, published by the NYC Department of Education: A Professional Learning Path to Rigorous and Relevant Instruction, written by reDesign Founders and Directors, Antonia Rudenstine & Lew Gitelman

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A Path to Rigorous & Relevant Instruction

A handbook that documents the theoretical underpinnings of reDesign's Framework for Effective Instruction: building background knowledge, mastering learning strategies, developing metacognitive skills,...

Crosswalk: FEI & The Danielson Framework

A Crosswalk that illustrates how reDesign's Framework for Effective Instruction, aligns with Danielson's Framework for Teaching and can enhance instructional practice by providing a clearer model of effective...

ELA Model Lesson Plan: Launch Phase

A sample ELA lesson that successfully illustrates the use of a think-aloud to create a strong lesson launch. It was developed by Michael Wolach, lead teacher at Jill Chaifetz High School.

FEI Lesson Plan Feedback Form

A companion to the FEI Lesson-Planning Template, instructional leaders can use this tool to provide targeted feedback on the implementation of reDesign's Framework for Effective Instruction.

FEI Lesson Plan Template

Grounded in research-based best practices, the lesson plan template helps teachers to organize teaching and learning around three key phases: Launching into new Material, Investigating the application of new...

FEI Observation Feedback Protocol

A Protocol providing instructional leaders, coaches, and peers with a way to record observations and feedback to teachers about their efforts to implement reDesign's Framework for Effective Instruction.

FEI Teacher Reflection Protocol

Reflective practice is the key to professional growth. This protocol helps teachers turn a critical eye toward their own lessons, either in collaboration with a supervisor or coach, or on their own. This...

FEI Transfer School Implementation: Slides

This slideshow describes the key features of reDesign's Framework for Effective Instruction, as it was is implemented in New York City Transfer Schools during the Learning Across the Curriculum Project.

FEI Weekly Planning Template

Though similar in design to the classic lesson plan book, this template not only helps teachers plan lesson arcs across multiple class periods or days, it also reminds them to incorporate a launch,...

FEI's 5 Components

A short overview describing the five key components of reDesign's Framework for Effective Instruction: Lesson Preparation, the Launch, the Investigation, Synthesis, and Teacher Reflection.

FEI's Approach to Investigations

Teachers or instructional leaders who want to learn more about the Investigation phase of a lesson can refer to this exploration of the theory and praxis behind it. The document also includes a set of FAQ's...