Each and every student deserves access to quality teaching. It’s a core belief we share with all of you who engage in or support the complex work of teaching and are devoted to actively and intellectually engaging learners.
Designed to be a common language of practice and a framework for excellence, the Framework for Teaching has been used by educators all over the world as they pursue excellence in their craft. As an organization, the Danielson Group has always been and remains committed to excellence in teaching and the belief that, as Charlotte Danielson wrote in her first publication of the Framework, “a commitment to excellence is not complete without a commitment to equity” (1996, p. 34). Equity is one of the Common Themes in the Framework for Teaching. It is not a single component of teaching or an isolated practice, rather it is evident in and pervasive throughout the entire Framework.
Excellence in teaching requires a commitment to equity in the selection and design of instructional materials and student assessments. Excellence in teaching requires a commitment to equity when creating an environment and classroom culture where all students can thrive. Excellence in teaching requires a commitment to equity in how we communicate with and engage students in learning. Excellence in teaching requires a commitment to equity in how we include families and collaborate with our colleagues.
Excellence in teaching requires a commitment to equity.
We are eager to continue working with partners whose commitment to excellence and equity in teaching is at the heart of their work, who are dedicated to ensuring that there are great teachers everywhere. In the coming months we will share more about these partnerships, highlight resources and stories from Framework schools and districts who are making equity their highest priority, and explore the importance of some of the other Common Themes in the Framework.
As we continue on this journey, we’d love to hear how you are making connections between the Framework and your work to promote equity in classrooms and schools. Contact us.