Educational Rigor Resources for Teachers and Administrators

Rigor — it’s not reserved for only the advanced. It is advanced instruction for ALL students

Rigorous instruction for all students is required in the Common Core and possible in every classroom, school and district. Our resources guide you on how to make advanced material equally accessible to all students, regardless of background or performance level.

Our resources on Rigor coach you on how to implement rigorous instruction in relevant and rewarding ways in your classrooms and throughout your school. We support all learners and have a dual focus on engaging and challenging advanced learners while, at the same time, motivating struggling students to master rigorous content.


We have moved all of our free resources and downloads to Buildership® University. If you are not already a member you can sign up for a free membership here.

NOTE: Resources for How to Plan Rigorous Instruction can be found here. You must be logged in to Buildership® University to access the downloads.


How to Plan Rigorous Instruction

How to Plan Rigorous Instruction provides valuable worksheets, planning templates and strategies to help you create more rigorous lesson plans— including selecting better content, implementing powerful instructional strategies, and creating and administering meaningful assessments.

Learn more in our Mastering the Principles of Great Teaching Series, a how-to series that focuses the 7 mastery principles introduced in Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching.

Webinars and Tutorials

Our library of free webinars features an hour-long discussion on what rigorous instruction is, the four stages of rigorous instruction, how to move students successfully through each of the stages, and how to build struggling students' capacity for rigorous learning over time. 

Or, watch our shorter tutorial on how to plan a rigorous unit for the Common Core.