Standard 1

Demonstrates ability to enhance academic performance and support for implementation of the school district student achievement goals.

The teacher:

  • Provides evidence of student learning to students, families, and staff.
  • Implements strategies supporting student, building, and district goals.
  • Uses student performance data as a guide for decision-making. 
  • Accepts and demonstrates responsibility for creating a classroom culture that supports the learning of every student. 
  • Creates an environment of mutual respect, rapport, and fairness. 
  • Participates in and contributes to a school culture that focuses on improved student learning. 
  • Communicates with students, families, colleagues, and communities effectively and accurately

Standard 2

Demonstrates competence in content knowledge appropriate to the teaching position.

The teacher:

  • Understands and uses key concepts, underlying themes, relationships, and different perspectives related to the content area. 
  • Uses knowledge of student development to make learning experiences in the content area meaningful and accessible for every student. 
  • Relates ideas and information within and across content areas. 
  • Understands and uses instructional strategies that are appropriate to the content area.

Standard 3

Demonstrates competence in planning and preparing for instruction.

The teacher:

  • Uses student achievement data, local standards, and the district curriculum in planning for instruction. 
  • Sets and communicates high expectations for social, behavioral, and academic success of all students.
  • Uses student developmental needs, background, and interests in planning for instruction. 
  • Selects strategies to engage all students in learning. 
  • Uses available resources, including technologies, in the development and sequencing of instruction.

Standard 4

Uses strategies to deliver instruction that meet the multiple learning needs of students.

The teacher:

  • Aligns classroom instruction with local standards and district curriculum. 
  • Uses research-based instructional strategies that address the full range of cognitive levels. 
  • Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness in adjusting instruction to meet student needs. 
  • Engages students in varied experiences that meet diverse needs and promote social, emotional, and academic growth. 
  • Connects students’ prior knowledge, life experiences, and interests in the instructional process. 
  • Uses available resources, including technologies, in the delivery of instruction.

Standard 5

Uses a variety of methods to monitor student learning.

The teacher:

  • Aligns classroom assessment with instruction. 
  • Communicates assessment criteria and standards to all students and parents. 
  • Understands and uses the results of multiple assessments to guide planning and instruction. 
  • Guides students in goal setting and assessing their own learning. 
  • Provides substantive, timely, and constructive feedback to students and parents. 
  • Works with other staff and building and district leadership in analysis of student progress.

Standard 6

Demonstrates competence in classroom management.

The teacher:

  • Creates a learning community that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-regulation for every student. 
  • Establishes, communicates, models, and maintains standards of responsible student behavior. 
  • Develops and implements classroom procedures and routines that support high expectations for student learning. 
  • Uses instructional time effectively to maximize student achievement. 
  • Creates a safe and purposeful learning environment.

Standard 7

Engages in professional growth.

The teacher:

  • Demonstrates habits and skills of continuous inquiry and learning. 
  • Works collaboratively to improve professional practice and student learning. 
  • Applies research, knowledge, and skills from professional development opportunities to improve practice.
  • Establishes and implements professional development plans based upon the teacher’s needs aligned to the Iowa Teaching Standards and district/building student achievement goals.

Standard 8

Fulfills professional responsibilities established by the school district.

The teacher:

  • Adheres to board policies, district procedures, and contractual obligations.
  • Demonstrates professional and ethical conduct as defined by state law and individual district policy.
  • Contributes to efforts to achieve district and building goals.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and respect for all learners and staff.
  • Collaborates with students, families, colleagues, and communities to enhance student learning.