The 5D™ framework provides a shared language for instruction that grounds teaching and learning in classroom environment and culture, student engagement, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment for student learning and purpose.
This instructional framework provides a common language for teaching to help schools and districts successfully grow high-quality instructional practices.
Developed from multiyear research at the University of Washington, the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning instructional framework combines vision statements and guiding questions to help you reflect on the core elements of effective teaching: purpose, student engagement, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment for student learning, and classroom environment and culture.
- Promoting mastery-oriented learning (driven by learning goals) as an approach to developing intrinsic motivation and productive mindsets
- Engaging students’ long-term interests as a strategy to develop student ownership of learning
- Valuing student identities and experiences to improve belonging, strengthen activation of prior knowledge and enrich whole-class learning
- Targeted feedback for students throughout the learning process
To support the use of the 5D instructional framework, CEL offers contextualized professional learning for the 5D. CEL also offers the Measures of Instructional Leadership Expertise, which is aligned to the 5D, to assess and provide feedback on a leader’s capacity to analyze quality teaching and learning.
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