The Framework for Teaching

The Framework gives voice to what all educators know: that teaching is very complex work. It’s a thinking person’s job.

The Framework for Teaching is a common language for instructional practice that is grounded in a philosophical approach to and understanding of great teaching and the nature of learning. It is a vision of excellence as well as a set of discrete practices. The Framework was developed not only to define great teaching and elevate the profession but also to outline a comprehensive approach to teacher professional learning across the career continuum – from pre-service teacher preparation through teacher leadership. This comprehensive approach was built around a specific conceptualization of the nature of the profession, its complexity, and the pursuit of great teaching and a stronger profession. 

The Framework’s full value is realized when used as a foundation for professional conversations among educators and administrators. The Framework can guide a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, providing a common language for all activities.

FOUR DOMAINS OF TEACHING RESPONSIBILITY 

Each component defines a distinct aspect of a domain; two to five elements describe a specific feature of a component. Levels of teaching performance (rubrics) describe each component and provide a roadmap for improvement of teaching.

The Framework may be used for many purposes, but its full value is realized as the foundation for professional conversations among practitioners as they seek to enhance their skill in the complex task of teaching. The Framework may be used as the foundation of a school or district’s mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together and helping teachers become more thoughtful practitioners. 

Planning & Preparation

Planning & Preparation

Classroom Environment

Classroom Environment

Instruction

Instruction

Professional Responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities

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