Colo Teacher Quality Standards Ref Guide 2

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1 A Common Vision of Great Teaching The Colorado Teacher Quality Standards Excellent teaching is vital to every student’s success: teachers have the honored role of helping to prepare their students for the world ahead. To have maximum impact on student learning, teachers must develop and evolve along with their students. This involves self-reflection, increased levels of meaningful feedback on instructional practice and an overall commitment to continuously refining their craft. Identifying the complex components of quality teaching is a fundamental step in supporting teachers’ professional growth as well as developing a fair and reliable evaluation process; both aspects of the Great Teachers and Leaders Act. The statewide Teacher Quality Standards provide this shared understanding of the essentials of great teaching—a common vision. Just as the Colorado Academic Standards provide common expectations for student learning, the Teacher Quality Standards outline the knowledge and Students have the greatest chance skills required of an excellent teacher. They are the core of the evaluation process and offer a tool for teacher self-reflection, goal setting and ongoing to succeed when their teachers receive professional growth. meaningful feedback and are The Teacher Quality Standards are foundational to providing every student supported in their efforts to with what they deserve—excellent teachers who are consistently supported continuously improve their craft. in their efforts to improve their practice and influence student learning in new and powerful ways. QUALITY STANDARD I Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach. The elementary teacher is an expert in literacy and mathematics and is knowledgeable in all other content that he or she teaches (e.g., science, social studies, arts, physical education, or world languages). The secondary teacher has knowledge of literacy and mathematics and is an expert in his or her content endorsement area(s). Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, ELEMENT D: ELEMENT A: Colorado Academic Standards; their district’s organized plan of central concepts, tools of inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instruction; and the individual needs of their students. instructional practices and specialized character of the disciplines being taught. ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of student literacy development in reading, writing, speaking and listening. - ELEMENT E: Teachers develop lessons that reflect the intercon nectedness of content areas/disciplines. Teachers demonstrate knowledge of mathematics ELEMENT C: Teachers make instruction and content relevant to ELEMENT F: and understand how to promote student development in numbers students and take actions to connect students’ background and and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement and data analysis and probability. contextual knowledge with new information being taught. QUALITY STANDARD II Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students. Teachers foster a predictable learning environment - students, including those with special needs across a range of abil ELEMENT A: in the classroom in which each student has a positive, nurturing ity levels. relationship with caring adults and peers. Teachers provide proactive, clear and constructive ELEMENT E: - feedback to families about student progress and work collabora ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate a commitment to and respect for diversity, while working toward common goals as a community tively with the families and significant adults in the lives of their students. and as a country. Teachers engage students as individuals with unique Teachers create a learning environment characterized ELEMENT F: ELEMENT C: interests and strengths. by acceptable student behavior, efficient use of time and appropri - ate intervention strategies. Teachers adapt their teaching for the benefit of all ELEMENT D:

2 2 | COLORADO TEACHER QUALITY STANDARDS REFERENCE GUIDE QUALITY STANDARD III Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students. Teachers establish and communicate high ELEMENT A: ELEMENT E: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of current expectations for all students and plan instruction that helps developmental science, the ways in which learning takes place students develop critical-thinking and problem solving skills. and the appropriate levels of intellectual, social and emotional development of their students. Teachers provide students with opportunities to ELEMENT F: Teachers plan and consistently deliver work in teams and develop leadership qualities. ELEMENT B: instruction that draws on results of student assessments, is ELEMENT G: Teachers communicate effectively, making learning aligned to academic standards and advances students’ level objectives clear and providing appropriate models of language. of content knowledge and skills. ELEMENT H: Teachers use appropriate methods to assess ELEMENT C: Teachers demonstrate a rich knowledge of what each student has learned, including formal and informal current research on effective instructional practices to meet assessments, and use results to plan further instruction. the developmental and academic needs of their students. ELEM Teachers thoughtfully integrate and utilize appropriate ENT D: available technology in their instruction to maximize student learning. QUALITY STANDARD IV Teachers reflect on their practice. Teachers are able to respond to a complex, ELEMENT C: ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate that they analyze student learning, development and growth and apply what they learn dynamic environment. to improve their practice. ELEMENT B: Teachers link professional growth to their professional goals. QUALITY STANDARD V Teachers demonstrate leadership. ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate leadership in their schools. ELEMENT C: Teachers advocate for schools and students, partnering with students, families and communities as appropriate. Teachers contribute knowledge and skills to ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate high ethical standards. ELEMENT D: educational practices and the teaching profession. QUALITY STANDARD VI Teachers take responsibility for student academic growth. participation. Teachers demonstrate their ability to utilize multiple ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate high levels of student learning, growth and academic achievement. data sources and evidence to evaluate their practice, and make adjustments where needed to continually improve attainment of ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate high levels of student student academic growth. academic growth in the skills necessary for postsecondary and workforce readiness, including democratic and civic For more information contact CDE Educator Effectiveness [email protected] http://www.cde.state.co.us/EducatorEffectiveness

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