1. Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.
This includes understanding and complying with local, state, and federal laws and regulations; understanding the importance of confidentiality; developing a positive climate for learning; fostering an inclusive environment; promoting student success through positive behavior management techniques; and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning.
2. Develop instructional strategies to address diverse student needs.
This includes understanding students’ diverse backgrounds and abilities; developing accommodations, modifications, and individualized learning plans; using appropriate instructional strategies; utilizing a variety of instructional resources; implementing evidence-based instruction that considers student needs and interests; and monitoring student progress.
3. Utilize technology, media, and materials for instruction.
This includes understanding the use of multimedia in the classroom; utilizing appropriate technology tools; selecting and using instructional materials, resources, and strategies; effectively using data to inform instruction; incorporating digital content into lessons, and implementing assessment techniques that include technology.
4. Differentiate instruction based on multiple factors.
This includes understanding the influence of culture and language on learning; creating activities that are appropriate to all students’ needs; developing materials, resources, and technology tools to meet student needs; providing instruction that meets the needs of different learners; and using cooperative learning techniques.
5. Implement classroom assessment strategies.
This includes assessing the level of student learning; monitoring progress and adjusting instruction based on assessment results; providing meaningful feedback to students; differentiating instruction based on assessment data, and understanding the role formative assessments play in instruction.
6. Engage in professional development activities.
This includes participating in conferences and workshops; attending professional learning communities; reading current research related to instruction; understanding the importance of reflection and self-assessment; pursuing graduate degrees related to teaching, and developing a personal professional growth plan.
7. Understand the legal implications of teaching.
This includes understanding and complying with local, state, and federal laws; understanding teacher confidentiality obligations; preparing for the district or school-wide assessments; developing an IEP that meets legal criteria; dealing with disciplinary issues in a legally sound manner; and responding to student grievances in compliance with the law.
8. Communicate effectively with students and colleagues.
This includes developing strong interpersonal and collaborative skills; understanding the importance of non-verbal communication; utilizing appropriate verbal communication techniques; building relationships with students, parents, and colleagues; understanding the legal implications of student records; and using effective strategies to resolve conflicts.
9. Manage the classroom environment for maximum learning outcomes.
This includes establishing clear expectations and routines; using appropriate behavior management techniques; understanding the influence of culture, language, and learning styles on instruction; engaging students in meaningful activities; facilitating positive classroom dynamics; managing student transitions between activities; creating a safe and secure learning environment, and incorporating digital content into instruction.
10. Demonstrate knowledge of content standards.
This includes understanding the requirements of state and local standards; using text materials appropriate to grade level; incorporating digital content into lessons; assessing student learning related to standards; planning instruction based on student needs, interests, and abilities; providing access to resources that support diverse learners; and implementing strategies that meet the needs of English language learners.