The 5D was developed when UW Center for Educational Leadership – CEL faculty conducted a thorough review of the literature in both the learning sciences and effective teaching practices and mined the instructional expertise from some of the very best teachers and school leaders in Washington and across the country. The 5D framework provides critical questions for school and district leaders to consider as they observe the teaching and learning process and builds on:
Purpose: Setting a clear, meaningful course for student learning
Student engagement: Encouraging substantive, intellectual thinking
Curriculum and pedagogy: Ensuring that instruction challenges and supports all students.
Assessment for student learning: Using ongoing assessment to shape and individualize instruction
Classroom environment and culture: Creating classrooms that maximize opportunities for learning and engagement
The 5D framework helps teachers and leaders develop a common language and a shared vision as they undertake the hard work of improving student achievement.