[Program Goals]
  1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
    • Teachers are dedicated to making knowledge accessible to all students. They believe all students can learn.
    • Teachers treat students equitably. They recognize the individual differences that distinguish their students from one another and they take account for these differences in their practice.
    • Teachers understand how students develop and learn.
    • Teachers respect the cultural and family differences students bring to their classroom.
    • Teachers are concerned with their students’ self-concept, their motivation and the effects of learning on peer relationships.
    • Teachers are also concerned with the development of character and civic responsibility.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
    • Teachers have mastery over the subject(s) they teach. They have a deep understanding of the history, structure and real-world applications of the subject.
    • Teachers have skill and experience in teaching it, and they are very familiar with the skills gaps and preconceptions students may bring to the subject.
    • Teachers are able to use diverse instructional strategies to teach for understanding.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
    • Teachers deliver effective instruction. They move fluently through a range of instructional techniques, keeping students motivated, engaged and focused. 
    • Teachers know how to engage students to ensure a disciplined learning environment, and how to organize instruction to meet instructional goals. 
    • Teachers know how to assess the progress of individual students as well as the class as a whole. 
    • Teachers use multiple methods for measuring student growth and understanding, and they can clearly explain student performance to parents.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
    • Teachers model what it means to be an educated person – they read, they question, they create and they are willing to try new things.
    • Teachers are familiar with learning theories and instructional strategies and stay abreast of current issues in American education.
    • Teachers critically examine their practice on a regular basis to deepen knowledge, expand their repertoire of skills, and incorporate new findings into their practice.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.
    • Teachers collaborate with others to improve student learning.
    • Teachers are leaders and actively know how to seek and build partnerships with community groups and businesses.
    • Teachers work with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff development.
    • Teachers can evaluate school progress and the allocation of resources in order to meet state and local education objectives.
    • Teachers know how to work collaboratively with parents to engage them productively in the work of the school.