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September 2013

Turning The Tables

Educators—the ones usually passing out the tests—will now be evaluated on their annual demonstrations of the following Quality Standards. Below, Colorado Education Association teachers tell you how these standards might be applied in the classroom.

QUALITY STANDARD
I. Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
FOR EXAMPLE
◆ An English teacher helps students explore the Shakespeare authorship debate by presenting the most credible theories so students can choose to research and present the one that appeals to them. ◆ An ELL teacher shows students how she highlights and annotates a reading selection before students are encouraged to design their own method.

QUALITY STANDARD
II. Teachers establish a safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.

FOR EXAMPLE
◆ High school students are asked to stow away cell phones and electronics, in accordance with district policy, but the teacher does so respectfully. ◆ Profanity is not encouraged, but teachers can explain the use of derogatory or coarse language in texts.

QUALITY STANDARD
III. Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.

FOR EXAMPLE
◆ A high school science teacher uses a learning management system, Schoology, which gives parents and students online access to the curriculum. ◆ Teachers set up a blended learning environment with plenty of tutorials to help students at all levels understand the content.

QUALITY STANDARD
IV. Teachers reflect on their practice.

FOR EXAMPLE
 ◆ Teachers meet with colleagues to discuss their methods, brainstorm on how to improve lessons, and create goals for student learning. ◆ A teacher or group of teachers examines student work and lesson plans and analyzes data from students to modify instruction.

QUALITY STANDARD
V.  Teachers demonstrate leadership.
FOR EXAMPLE
◆ Teachers participate on district curriculum teams, in literacy and math collaboratives, and in professional learning opportunities. ◆ Teachers offer training to support staff in areas such as generating classroom data, cross-content teams, writing across the curriculum, and engaging parents.

QUALITY STANDARD
VI.  Student Learning Outcomes
FOR EXAMPLE
◆ Individual attribution: A first-grade teacher sets a classroom target, such as 18 of 20 students increasing their reading proficiency. ◆ Collective attribution: All ninth- and 10th-grade math teachers in a school agree to be evaluated on 10th-grade math TCAP growth results.
 

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