Shifting Instruction with the Five Core Practices

Presented by: Dr. Michael Moody, Dr. Richard Nyankori

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to implement the five Core Practices outlined in the Insight Core Framework in your classroom or school. The Core Practices represent an approach to instruction that promotes college and career readiness.

Each Core Practice has with it associated instructional strategies that teachers can use to make sure students master college and career ready standards, as well as model the type of instruction students are likely to experience in the first year of college or rigorous career training.

Research has shown these specific practices to be very high impact, aligned to state standards, and linked to positive outcomes, specifically showing how high school students can be best prepared for college and career. The five Core Practices of the Insight Core Framework are:

Core Practice #1: Know the Discipline Well

Core Practice #2: Prioritize Evidence over Opinion

Core Practice #3: Grow and Improve Students’ Knowledge Base

Core Practice #4: Assess Progress Towards Mastery

Core Practice #5: Promote Intellectual Risk Taking and Persistence

Through illustrations, teacher modeling, and interactive exercises, you will identify the areas of your practice that are strong, and those that need to be further developed. By the end of this course, you will have designed lesson plans that incorporate each of the five Core Practices in order to effectively integrate them into your own instruction.

As you take this course, you will:
• Observe teachers use the Core Practices.
• Examine research and best practices related to the Core Practices.
• Review and apply instructional practices linked to college and career readiness.
• Access an application toolkit that provides resources for implementation.


45 Clock Hours $279 View Syllabus Add To Cart

1 Graduate Credit ** $304 View Syllabus Add To Cart

3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


** Plus additional fee of $55 payable to Adams State University at course completion. See Program Details for more information.

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Dr. Michael Moody

Dr. Michael Moody

Michael Moody is the founder and CEO of Insight Education Group, Inc. In this role, he oversees all company operations and drives the development and implementation of Insight’s innovative products and services. Dedicating his career to ensuring every student gets a great education, Dr. Moody has extensive experience throughout the field. His work as a classroom teacher, school and district administrator, and consultant has provided him with the foundation necessary to understand first-hand the needs of students, teachers, and educational leaders. He has supported the development and implementation of numerous school- and district-wide initiatives aimed at enhancing instructional efficacy and increasing student achievement. While serving as the chief academic advisor for DC Public Schools, Dr. Moody’s work contributed to the significant student gains and instructional advances seen throughout several previously underachieving schools. Read the case study for more information on his efforts and the notable results. Now widely regarded as a thought leader in instructional reform, Dr. Moody works closely with educational leaders and key organizations, such as the Aspen Institute and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the design and implementation of instructional initiatives, including educator effectiveness, standards-based instruction, and strategic planning. Dr. Moody also coauthored Strategic Design for Student Achievement (Teachers College Press, 2009), and is often called upon to contribute to industry publications and academic journals. In addition, he regularly serves as a keynote speaker and facilitator at major conferences and events, drawing upon his deep knowledge of teaching and learning. With a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in teaching and curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a doctorate in Urban School Leadership from the University of Southern California, Dr. Moody’s academic background is reflective of his dedication to the field.

Dr. Richard Nyankori

Dr. Richard Nyankori

Richard Nyankori is the executive vice president of Insight Education Group. Dr. Nyankori is responsible for increasing Insight’s national impact and leading its product development team. He led the development of myCore, an award winning curriculum platform to help educators implement the Common Core State Standards. Currently, his team is working on an innovative video feedback and evaluation platform for educators called ADVANCE. Dr. Nyankori is a board member of Brightside Academies—a leading provider of private early care, early learning, and Head Start services for low-income families in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. Additionally, he advises Goalbook, an exciting start-up in the special education and blended learning space. He serves as a national advisor for the SWIFT Center, a five-year, $24.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs awarded to the University of Kansas to eliminate the silos in education by bridging general and special education. Dr. Nyankori began his work as a special educator with the Baltimore City Public Schools where he taught mathematics, science, and reading and later became a school leader. He is the former deputy chancellor of Special Education with the District of Columbia Public Schools. While deputy chancellor, Dr. Nyankori instituted a series of extensive reforms to reverse decades-long decline in the provision of special education services and led the District out of major class action lawsuits. He is called on frequently to provide advice and counsel concerning special education issues. He began designing educational products at Performance Learning Systems and then at TNTP where he designed, among other offerings, an alter-training program leading to certification whose participants showed higher levels of performance than candidates from both traditional and non-traditional prep programs in Louisiana. Dr. Nyankori earned his PhD in Education Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Emory University. He is a 1993 Teach for America corps member and 2011 Pahara-Aspen Fellow.