Standards for Evaluation of Professional Staff
1. Climate and Conditions for Learning
Teachers create climate and conditions for learning in their classrooms and schools that are safe, respectful, challenging and learning oriented.
1a. Teachers model positive behaviors by treating students and colleagues with fairness, respect and tolerance. They are responsive to the needs of all learners.
1b. Teachers promote active involvement and inquiry, and encourage self-discipline and motivation in their students.
1c. Teachers establish and maintain productive, well structured classrooms that make effective use of time.
1d. Teachers create an atmosphere of high expectation for constructive behavior where students respect each other.
2. Teaching and Learning
Teachers draw on their knowledge of human development, subject matter and instruction, and their understanding of their students to make principled judgments about sound practice.
2a. Teachers demonstrate a deep understanding of the content knowledge and make it accessible to their students.
2b. Teachers employ a range of instructional and assessment strategies to motivate their students.
2c. Teachers adjust their practices so that all students can continue to learn even in the face of temporary failure.
2d. Teachers make explicit to students how curriculum is organized, connected across disciplines and applied in real world situations.
2e. Teachers incorporate research-based theories of learning and set high expectations for student achievement in their practice.
3. School and Community Commitment to Learning
Teachers work collaboratively with parents and community members to build partnerships that benefit the learning process for students, foster school improvement and work toward district goals.
3a. Teachers communicate with parents and community members and help them to understand the importance of schooling and the work of the classroom.
3b. Teachers encourage the involvement of parents and community members.
3c. Teachers contribute to the effectiveness of their school by working constructively with building faculty and staff toward district goals.
3d. Teachers employ all available resources for the benefit of their students' learning.
4. Professional Growth and Development
Teachers are role models as educators and as learners. They evaluate their role, behavior, and performance by setting goals and actively working toward their attainment. They show evidence of research, reflection, collaboration and accountability through their work.
4a. Teachers show evidence of continuous learning and improvement in their teaching through academic study or service activities at the building or district level.
4b. Teachers demonstrate a professional ethic of timeliness, effective communication, integrity, and cooperation.
4c. Teachers cooperate with colleagues in a continuous effort to improve the total educational program and seek to make a positive contribution to the climate of the school.