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Curriculum Standards

Developing Servant Leaders for Professional Practice: Preparation and Planning, Establishing a Respectful Environment, Instructing Effectively, and Assuming Professional Responsibilities
Curriculum Standards

Under each domain are curriculum standards and professional dispositions, which candidates for teacher licensure are expected to demonstrate.  

Domain 1. Planning and Preparation

The teacher as servant leader approaches the teaching function with a fund of knowledge about the discipline, the learner, and learning that must be continually renewed and elaborated.  This fund of knowledge is buttressed by continued engagement in professional development opportunities and reflection.  The teacher's knowledge provides the bases for informed planning.

       Dispositions
       1.    The candidate is intellectually curious about the discipline(s) that s/he teaches.
       2.    The candidate values balanced treatment of controversial issues and problems.
       3.    The candidate regards the scientific method as valid for investigating phenomena,
              acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.
              Curriculum Standards
              1.    The candidate uses accurate and extensive content knowledge to plan for
                     instruction.
              2.    The candidate uses knowledge of content pedagogy to plan for instruction.
              3.    The candidate plans for making cross-curricular connections.  
              4.    The candidate integrates 21st Century content and skills in instructional plans.
              5.    The candidate uses knowledge of how children learn and develop to plan effective
                     lessons.
              6.    The candidate selects instructional goals and objectives based on students'
                     interests and needs, and on State and local curricular goals.
              7.    The candidate uses knowledge of instructional resources to enhance lesson
                     design.
              8.    The candidate develops a coherent plan for instruction utilizing units, lessons, and
                     activities that are aligned with instructional goals and objectives.
              9.    The candidate uses diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment that informs
                     instruction.

Domain 2. Establishing a Respectful Environment
The teacher provides leadership for establishing and maintaining respectful learning environments in which each child has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults. In the classroom the teacher is that adult along with teacher assistant and volunteers.  

        Dispositions
        1.    The candidate embraces diversity in the school community.
        2.    The candidate is respectful of others' opinions.
        3.    The candidate is committed to the development of others.
        4.    The candidate demonstrates caring for the well being of others.

               Curriculum Standards
               1.    The candidate creates and maintains a positive and nurturing learning
                      environment.
               2.    The candidate identifies differences in approaches to learning and performance,
                      including different learning styles, learning challenges, and multiple intelligences,
                      and uses students' strengths as a basis for growth.
               3.    The candidate uses knowledge about the process of second language acquisition
                      and strategies to support the learning of students whose first language is not
                      English to provide a nurturing environment.
               4.    The candidate works collaboratively with families and other adults in the school
                      community for engagement in the instructional program.
               5.    The candidate uses a variety of classroom strategies for instructional grouping,
                      transitions, and use of volunteers and paraprofessionals.
               6.    The candidate creates high expectations for student behavior, and monitors and
                      responds appropriately to student behavior.
               7.    The candidate makes effective use of classroom space for safety and instruction.

Domain 3. Instructing Effectively
Instructional effectiveness lies at the heart of the role of professional teachers. The teacher as servant leader facilitates student development based upon knowledge of content, the structure of the discipline, students, teaching methods, the community, and curriculum goals.

       Dispositions
       1.    The candidate is enthusiastic about the teaching function.
       2.    The candidate values the role of research-verified evidence in informing teaching
              practice.
                Curriculum Standards
                1.    The candidate communicates clearly and accurately.
                2.    The candidate uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage high
                       achievement of all students.
                3.    The candidate uses questions and assignments that encourage critical and
                       creative thinking.
                4.    The candidate provides for a high level of student engagement.
                5.    The candidate integrates literacy instruction across all subjects.
                6.    The candidate monitors student performance.
                7.    The candidate provides feedback to students that is accurate, substantive,
                       constructive, timely, and specific.
                8.    The candidate uses and integrates technology in instruction.

Domain 4. Professional Responsibilities
The teacher is responsible, not only to the students, but also to the entire learning community and to the teaching profession. Therefore, the teacher as servant leader models excellence in support of the school and the profession. Moreover, the teacher has an advocacy role to help assure that settings outside the classroom in which the student participates also promote healthy development.

       Dispositions
       1.    The candidate values the dispositions and behaviors of the servant leader including:
              listening, empathy, conceptualizing, heightened awareness, persuasiveness through
              action, using foresight, exercising stewardship, healing, commitment to the group,
              and building community.
       2.    The candidate models behavior appropriate to a professional setting including:
              consistent attendance, a strong work ethic, consistent preparation, punctuality,
              respect for colleagues, and appropriate dress.
                Curriculum Standards
                1.    The candidate reflects on teaching for instructional improvement.
                2.    The candidate maintains accurate records.
                3.    The candidate assists in identifying needs and implementing plans for
                       school improvement.
                4.    The candidate communicates with families and professional colleagues
                       to provide services to students.
                5.    The candidate engages in professional development for personal and
                       professional improvement.
                6.    The candidate uses personal professional ethics in decision-making and in
                       interactions with students, peers, parents, and the community.
                7.    The candidate advocates for students and schools.
                8.    The candidate engages in service for benefiting students and improving schools.
                9.    The candidate perceives and evaluates self as a servant leader.

 

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