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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
  • Transcripts
  • Copies of membership certificates
  • Books/journals on shelves
  • Degrees or certification notes
  • Copy of article utilized in teaching

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

  • Team meetings
  • Network with others
  • Team-teaching
  • Monthly media meetings
  • Show sample lesson of collaborative activities
  • Peer evaluation
  • IEP (show attending meeting)
  • Order and Purchase-reqs

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

  • Innovative/creative lesson plans
  • Present knowledge to group
  • Journal entries
  • Books Have It/ IEMA/ ALA/ AASL/ SLIK-12/ITAG/ BBSS and other conference opportunities utilized
  • Run off copies of books/magazines/Internet used in classroom
  • Present to staff
  • 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.

  • Goal setting and long-range plans, including tech plans
  • Follows district guidelines/curricula
  • Evaluations
  • 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.

  • Communicates concerns, observations, comments to classroom teachers and other staff
  • Pre and Post tests
  • PLC meetings
  • Network with others
  • Sample of student work
  • Notes from meetings
  • Samples of collaborative lessons/activities
  • Newsletters
  • Reading guides