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.
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2013 Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument
The most up-to-date version of the Framework rubrics.
A reorganization of the Framework’s components to support teacher-powered professional learning.
Framework Clusters — ELA
A version of the Clusters that focuses on practices related to literacy and language arts instruction.
Framework for Teaching Smart Card
The Framework’s 4 domains, 22 components, and 76 elements all on a single, printable, page.
Special Education Scenarios
A set of possible examples from Special Education settings aligned to the Framework.
Fine Arts Scenarios
A set of possible examples from arts classrooms aligned to the 2013 rubric. There are four sets available: Dance, Visual Arts, Music, and Drama.
Framework Clusters - Math
The mathematics version of the Clusters reflecting the instructional practices that are manifested in mathematics classroom.
Observation Notes Template
A tool that can be used when conducting observations outside of an online system.
Observing Classroom Practice
Classroom observations can foster teacher learning — if observation systems include crucial components and observers know what to look for.
Correlation of the Framework for Teaching to InTASC Standards
Correlation between the Framework and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards.
Michigan Educator Evaluation – Postings and Assurances
Provided for Michigan districts that are required by law to post on their public website specific information about the evaluation tool(s) used for its performance evaluation.