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Springfield public School district’s Professional Evaluation Plan currently focuses on evidence collected on the four domains of teaching as set forth in Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, 2nd Edition, by Charlotte Danielson (see description below).

The Professional Evaluation Committee recognizes that student growth will play a significant part in the Evaluation process. Recent legislation in the state of Illinois was reviewed (Performance Evaluation Reform Act-PERA 2010). At this time, student growth is not part of the Springfield Public Schools Professional Evaluation process. The Professional Evaluation Committee will address the required student growth component of PERA 2010 after rules and regulations are set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Charlotte Danielson

Danielson Framework for Teaching

Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, 2nd Edition, by Charlotte Danielson shall be the basis for Springfield Public Schools Professional Evaluation Plan. The framework for teaching is a research-based set of components of instruction that are grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. The framework is an invaluable tool to be used as the foundation for professional conversations among educators as they seek to enhance their skill in the complex task of teaching.

The framework will serve as the foundation of Springfield Public School District’s recruitment and hiring, mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all these activities together and helping teachers become more thoughtful practitioners.

The actions teachers can take to improve student learning are clearly identified and fall under four domains of teaching responsibility: Planning and Preparation, the Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities. Within the domains are 22 components and 76 descriptive elements that further refine our understanding of what teaching is all about, with four levels of performance for each element.

The framework for teaching is based on the Praxis III: Classroom Performance Assessment criteria developed by Educational Testing Service, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and is compatible with Interstate New Teacher Assessments and Supports Consortium (INTASC) standards.

Standards for Teachers and Specialist

All of the Danielson Frameworks are organized around levels of performance that represent an educator's growth and development throughout his/her career. The Danielson model is focused on accountability for certified staff.
Domain 1- Demonstrates effective planning and preparation for instruction through:
a. Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy
b. Demonstrating Knowledge of Students
c. Setting Instructional Outcomes
d. Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources
e. Designing Coherent Instruction
f. Designing Student Assessments
Domain 2 - Creates an environment conducive for learning by:
a. Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport
b. Establishing a Culture for Learning
c. Managing Classroom Procedures
d. Managing Student Behavior
e. Organizing Physical Space
Domain 3 - Demonstrates effective instruction by:
a. Communicating with Students
b. Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
c. Engaging Students in Learning
d. Using Assessment in Instruction
e. Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness
Domain 4 - Demonstrates professionalism by:
a. Reflecting on Teaching
b. Maintaining Accurate Records
c. Communicating with Families
d. Participating in a Professional Community
e. Growing and Developing Professionally
f. Showing Professionalism
In addition to the teaching framework, individual specialist frameworks are provided for:
Instructional Specialists Library Media/Resource Center Directors
School Nurse School Counselors
School Psychologists Social Workers
*Speech Pathologists *OT/PT Therapists
*Modified from Therapeutic Specialists Instructional Coach