Books & Materials

Charlotte Danielson is the author of a number of resources to support teachers and administrators.

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The 2013 Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument

(The Danielson Group, 2013)

The newest rubric enhancing the links to the Common Core State Standards, this edition of the FFT Evaluation Instrument incorporates improved language in response to feedback from the field. During the past year, Charlotte Danielson has met with teachers, supervisors, and researchers across the country to learn about the current issues with teacher evaluation systems and student achievement.

Click HERE to purchase a full-color, bound copy of the 2013 Instrument.*

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Click HERE to register then download a PDF of the Evaluation Instrument.
PDFs of this evaluation instrument are made available by download for single individual use only. The reproduction of downloaded copies is a violation of copyright. If multiple copies are needed, bound books should be ordered through Amazon HERE.*

*The Danielson Group does not stock copies of any publication. They are available through Amazon. All inquiries about print book orders should be directed to Amazon.

The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2013) may not be incorporated into any third party software system. Acceptance of this document constitutes agreement not to: (i) copy, modify, translate, or create derivative works from the instrument; (ii) load, integrate or incorporate any portions of the instrument with any other publication, software, database or other content or work; (iii) transfer the instrument to any third party for commercial use; or (iv) remove or alter any notices in the instrument. The The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2013) is provided on an as-is basis and no warranties are expressed or implied.

Please note that this book is available for online purchase only—it is not available in stores.

The 2011 Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument

(The Danielson Group, 2011)

An enhanced Framework for Teaching, created specifically to address the need to accurately assess teaching practice; The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument follows the same architecture (4 domains and 22 components) as the 2007 Enhancing Professional Practice. However, the 2011 edition contains:

  • tighter rubric language written at the component level;
  • critical attributes for each level of performance, providing essential guidance for observers and evaluators;
  • possible examples for each level of performance that illustrate the meanings of the rubric language.

Click HERE to register then download a PDF of the Evaluation Instrument.
PDFs of this evaluation instrument are made available by download for single individual use only. The reproduction of downloaded copies is a violation of copyright. If multiple copies are needed, bound books should be ordered through Amazon HERE.*

*The Danielson Group does not keep copies of any publication on hand. They are available through Amazon. All inquiries about print book orders should be directed to Amazon.

The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2011) may not be incorporated into any third party software system. Acceptance of this document constitutes agreement not to: (i) copy, modify, translate, or create derivative works from the instrument; (ii) load, integrate or incorporate any portions of the instrument with any other publication, software, database or other content or work; (iii) transfer the instrument to any third party for commercial use; or (iv) remove or alter any notices in the instrument. The The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument (2011) is provided on an as-is basis and no warranties are expressed or implied.

Please note that this book is available for online purchase only—it is not available in stores.

Enhancing Professional Practice: A framework for teaching

(ASCD, 2007)

The foundational book for the framework for teaching. It includes the complete description of all the components and elements, with levels of performance written at the element level. In addition, there are frameworks for non-classroom specialist positions, such as school librarians, nurses, psychologists, etc. The research foundation is included as an appendix.

Available from ASCD.org and Amazon

The Handbook for Enhancing Professional Practice: Using the framework for teaching in your school

(ASCD, 2008)

A companion book to “Enhancing Professional Practice” containing chapters on each of the primary uses of the framework for teaching: teacher preparation, recruitment and hiring, mentoring and induction, professional development, and teacher evaluation. In addition, there are forms and instruments, directions for portfolio entries and evaluation guidelines that provide many of the details required for implementation of the framework for teaching.

Available from ASCD.org and Amazon

Implementing the Framework for Teaching in Enhancing Professional Practice: An ASCD Action Tool

(ASCD, 2009)

By Charlotte Danielson and six members of the Danielson Group. Specific examples for each component and element of the framework for teaching, for both the proficient and distinguished levels of performance.

Available from ASCD.org

Talk About Teaching: Leading Professional Conversations

(Corwin, 2009.)

Provides guidance for educators (particularly in conjunction with informal classroom observations) about the events of a lesson, in relation to clusters of the components in the framework for teaching.

Available from Corwin Press and Amazon

Enhancing Professional Practice Series DVD

(ASCD, 2008)

A set of three DVDs (elementary school, middle school, high school) showing a complete observation cycle for each of two lessons, with commentary by Charlotte Danielson.

Available from ASCD.org

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