Evaluation Guide to the State of Iowa Teaching StandardsThe University of Iowa College of EducationCedar Rapids Community SchoolsCedar rapids Education Association
for General Education Teachers
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Standard 7

Engages in professional growth.

Criteria: The Teacher

Teacher Behavior

Optional Documentation

a. Demonstrates habits and skills of continuous inquiry and learning.

         Takes classes

         Presents at professional conferences

         Joins professional or community organizations

         Reads professional journals



         Copies of membership certificates

         Books/journals on shelves

         Degrees or certification

b. Works collaboratively to improve professional practice and student learning.

         Team meetings

         Network with others

         Team-teaching with special education teachers


         Show sample lesson of collaborative activities

         Peer evaluation

         IEP (show attending meeting)

c. Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional development opportunities to improve practice.

         Innovative/creative lesson plans

         Present knowledge to group

         Journal entries

         Run off copies of books/magazines/Internet used in classroom

         Present to team/video-tape

         Student pre- and post tests

         Websites for teachers/parents/students


d. Establishes and implements professional development plans based upon the teacher needs aligned to the Iowa Teaching Standards and district/building student achievement goals.

         Knows students and collects data from students and works on weaknesses

         Follows district guidelines/curricula

         Show growth in student achievement


         Set own teacher goals and long-range plans

e. Provides an analysis of student learning and growth based on teacher created tests and authentic measures as well as any standardized and district-wide tests.

         Team meeting discussion

         PLC Meetings

         Member of district committees

         Child study

         IEP Meeting

         Show growth in student achievement

         Formative Assessments

         Student records

         PLC Meeting agenda/notes

         Annotated comments

         Analyzing Student Work Documents