New Offerings Help Teachers Use Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching

Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FFT) has become the industry standard for professional learning and teacher evaluations. With the increase in classroom observations and evaluations, it is essential for educators to establish a common language they can use to define teaching effectiveness and the FFT provides that common language. In Fall 2011, Teachscape released the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System, its online training and assessment program for observers. Today, the company has again partnered with Danielson and is announcing the Framework for Teaching Effectiveness Series and the Professional Learning Suite, Framework Edition to help teachers apply the FFT to their teaching practice.

School districts now have a complete suite of online professional development offerings that are designed to deepen their understanding of the FFT and apply their knowledge to evaluations and teaching practice through the use of master-scored videos, scoring practice, and interactive exercises.

“The Framework provides a common language and a shared understanding of effective teaching practice. This common understanding promotes deep professional conversation about teaching that is ultimately reflected in student learning,” said Charlotte Danielson, founder of the Danielson Group and creator of the FFT. “In these high-stakes times of teacher evaluation, school districts have requested resources to help educators understand the FFT and to provide robust professional development resources tied to the FFT to help teachers hone their craft. Teachscape is delivering these offerings.”

The Framework for Teaching Effectiveness Series provides schools and districts with an online solution for training teachers on the structure and content of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, 2011 Revised Edition. This series includes self-guided training modules on the FFT. It features videos of unedited, authentic K-12 classroom lessons in multiple subject areas. These videos have been master-scored and organized to illustrate all performance levels for each component of the FFT. Modules also feature interactive exercises to allow teachers to practice scoring on components of the FFT. The ability to score accurately provides teachers with the knowledge they need to improve their own practice.

Teachscape’s Professional Learning Suite is an online multimedia library of learning resources that covers more than 40 topics and seven subject areas. With the launch of The Professional Learning Suite, Framework Edition, courses from Teachscape are now mapped to the FFT at the component level. This mapping includes explanations of how the courses map to the FFT and makes it easy for observers to find and assign professional development resources to teachers based on specific components of the FFT. It also makes it easy for teachers to find resources to assist them in improving their instructional practices as measured by the FFT.