Our strongest school cultures demonstrate that when teachers thrive, students thrive. Decades of research prove what educators, students, and families know from direct experience: teachers have a greater impact on student success than any other school factor. To support teachers as we begin to integrate new, higher standards, school leaders will ensure that teacher development focuses on supporting all teachers to meet the Common Core standards.
To improve the instructional core across classrooms, schools will strengthen the common language and understanding of what quality teaching looks like by deepening the school community's comprehension of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching. In the 2012-13 school year, school leaders will conduct frequent cycles of formative classroom observations and feedback, and professional development to support improved teacher practice. When they do so, their teachers know what effective teaching looks like, have a shared language to discuss what's working and what needs to be improved, and know which actions to take to improve their practice.
Learn also offers Learning Opportunities to help school leaders and teachers understand the different competencies within The Framework for Teaching that support the design and implementation of Common Core-aligned units and tasks. Learning Opportunities include interactive modules, articles, videos, web links and other resources that will help educators improve their craft and prepare all students to thrive in college and their future careers.To explore some of the learning opportunities available in ARIS Learn see the table below.