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CEPTC Quality Standard #1

Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
The elementary teacher is an expert in literacy and mathematics and is knowledgeable in all other content that he or she teaches
(e.g., science, social studies, arts, physical education, or world languages). The secondary teacher has knowledge of literacy and mathematics and is an expert
in his or her content endorsement area(s).

Dispositions: *Professional Behaviors *Initiative & Dependability *Tact & Judgement *Ethical Behavior & Integrity *Collegiality
*Effective Communicator
*Improve Performance *Culturally Responsive *Committed to Profession
Feedback/questions
Emergent
Developing
Proficient
Accomplished
The Teacher uses lesson
and The Teacher
...and The Teacher
... and The Teacher
plans that reflect:
uses lesson plans
based on:
-daily review and revision
-collaborates with the
-collaborates with other
-student needs
Cooperating Teacher and
school staff to vertically
-instructional objectives
department to deliver the
align and horizontally
appropriate for students
-Colorado Academic
approved curriculum.
align, articulate, and
Standards
deliver the approved
-explicit connections to
-understand and can
curriculum.
specific learning
-stated learning
access their district's plan
objectives and approved
objectives
of instruction.
curriculum.
Dates Observed:

Artifact

1a. Lesson plan and instruction is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and the individual needs of their students

Observation

Teacher Candidates:

1b. Demonstrate knowledge of student literacy development in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Feedback/questions

Emergent
The Teacher

-demonstrates an
understanding of literacy
content and skills;
-emphasizes literacy
connections while
teaching content.

Developing
and The Teacher
understands and
strives to make
complex reading
accessible to students
by:

Proficient
...and The Teacher provides
instruction that enhances
students

-adjusting content to
students' skill levels

-information literacy

-critical thinking and


reasoning

Accomplished
and Students meet or
exceed expectations for:
-oral communication
-written communication
-critical thinking and
problem solving
-literacy skills

- providing relevant
content that
addresses students'
interests.
-integrating
knowledge into
lessons
Dates Observed:
1c. Demonstrate knowledge of mathematics and understand how to promote student development in mathematical concepts connected to
the content area
Feedback/questions

Dates Observed:

Emergent
The Teacher:

Developing
and The Teacher

Proficient
...and The Teacher

Accomplished
and the Teacher

-includes relevant math


concepts in discussions
that do not have math as
the primary focus

-emphasizes to
students why they
need to learn math
content and skills

-emphasizes
interdisciplinary
connections to math

-models mathematical
thinking

-promotes and
encourages students to
make explicit math
connections across
content.

-uses instructional
strategies that require
students to apply and
transfer mathematical
knowledge to their
content area

1d. Demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, tools of inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices and specialized
character of the disciplines being taught.
Feedback/questions

Emergent
The Teacher:

Developing
...and The Teacher

Proficient
...and The Teacher

-breaks down concepts


into instructional parts
and teaches each part
using appropriate,
effective strategies and/or
tools;

-provides explanations
of content area that
are accurate; clear;
concise;
comprehensive.

-provides students with a


variety of explanations and
multiple representations of
concepts and ideas.

Accomplished
and The Teacher
engages students in
-a variety of explanations
and multiple
representations of concept
and ideas
-a variety of inquiry
methods to explore new
ideas and theories.

-uses instructional
materials that are
accurate and appropriate
for the lesson being
taught
-employs a variety of
instructional strategies to
address student needs
Dates Observed:
1e. Develop lessons that reflect the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines.
Feedback/questions

Emergent

Developing

The Teacher

and The Teacher

-emphasizes key concepts


and connects them to
other essential ideas
within the content area

-connects lessons to
other disciplines
and/or content areas

Proficient
...and The Teacher
implements instructional
strategies that
-articulate content and
interdisciplinary
connections
-integrate literacy skills
across content areas

Dates Observed:

Accomplished
...and The Teacher
-clarifies and elaborates on
interdisciplinary
connections for students
-employs instructional
strategies that include
literacy, numeracy, and
language development
across content areas

1f. Make instruction and content relevant to students and take actions to connect students' background and contextual knowledge with
new information being taught.
Feedback/questions

Dates Observed:
Feedback/Questions/
Next Steps for overall
TCQS #1:

Emergent
The Teacher

Developing
and The Teacher

Proficient
...and The Teacher

Accomplished
and Students

-selects a variety of
instructional materials
and strategies based on
their relevance, central
contexts, and
foundational evidence
base

-links lessons to
students' prior
knowledge

-delivers lessons and uses


materials to ensure that
students backgrounds are
considered

-interact with materials


that are relevant to them

-encourages and
provides opportunities
for students to make
connections to prior
learning.

-provides opportunities for


students to self-select
tasks that accelerate
learning

-make connections to prior


learning to understand
current content