"Teaching is a thinking person’s job, which has enormous implications for anyone that supports teachers. The conversations we have about practice must be about cognition. Teaching is about making decisions about what to do next given the circumstances. Teaching is an enormously complex activity.”
— Charlotte Danielson
Approximately half of a teacher’s evaluation is based on measures of teacher practice (MOTP) from classroom observations using a research-based rubric of teacher practice. Frequent classroom observations paired with timely, meaningful feedback and targeted support to help teachers continuously strengthen their instruction is a central feature of both the DOE’s "Framework for Great Schools" and Advance.
Teachers and their school leaders must develop a shared understanding of what effective instruction looks like, and a common language with which to discuss it in order to achieve continuous growth in teacher practice. Advance utilizes Charlotte Danielson’s 2013 Framework for Teaching to provide a common language to describe effective teaching practice, and regular, collaborative reviews of student achievement data to focus these conversations on improving student outcomes.
The Framework for Teaching is a comprehensive, nationally-recognized, research-based rubric of teacher practice. It has 22 components, divided into four domains that provide precise language to describe characterisics of good teaching practice. The Framework for Teaching takes what educators already know about teaching, and promotes productive conversations about teacher practice by providing an articulated structure and a common language.
While the entire Framework for Teaching may be used for non-evaluative (i.e., formative) purposes, teachers receive ratings on eight prioritized components through multiple classroom observations by their principal or other administrator, with teachers choosing their observation option. Teachers then receive feedback on all observations.
Explore the Danielson Framework for Teaching and related resources through WeTeachNYC. Please note: some resources are only available to DOE educators and require a DOE a login and password to access.