|Date||Duration||Nature of Observation|
Teaching Quality Standard
Quality teaching occurs when the teacher’s ongoing analysis of the context, and the teacher’s decisions about which pedagogical knowledge and abilities to apply result in optimum learning by students.
Alberta School Act, 1997
Teachers who hold a Permanent Professional Certificate must demonstrate Teachers who hold a Permanent Professional Certificate must demonstrate, in their practice, professional repertoires that are expanded beyond the Interim KSAs.
Teachers who hold an Interim Professional Certificate must possess the knowledge,skills and attributes related to Interim Certification (Interim KSAs), and apply them appropriately toward student learning. During their first two years of teaching, teachers should use the Interim KSAs to guide their teaching; reflect on their practice, and direct their professional development in collaboration with their supervisors and evaluators.
|Interim Teaching Quality Standards||Meets||Below||Comments|
|2a||3a. Teacher’s application of pedagogical knowledge, skills and attributes is based in their ongoing analysis of contextual variables.|
|2b,c||3b. Teachers understand the legislated, moral and ethical frameworks within which they work.|
|2d||3c. Teachers understand the subject disciplines they teach.|
|2e||3d. Teachers know there are many approaches to teaching and learning.|
|2f||3e. Teachers engage in a range of planning activities.|
|2g,h||3f. Teachers create and maintain environments that are conducive to student learning.|
|2i||3g. Teachers translate curriculum and objectives into meaningful learning activities.|
|2j||3h. Teachers apply a variety of technologies to meet students’ learning needs.|
|2k||3i. Teachers gather and use information about students’ learning needs and progress.|
|2 l, m, n||3j. Teachers establish and maintain partnerships among school, home and community, and within their own schools.|
|2 o, p||3k. Teachers are career-long learners.|
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Teaching Quality Standard Applicable to the provision of Basic Education in Alberta
1. Pursuant to Section 25(I)(f) of the School Act, I approve the following as the Teaching Quality Standard which shall apply to teaching certification, professional development. supervision and evaluation, and which is supported by descriptor of selected knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate to teachers at different stages of their careers:
(I) Teaching Quality Standard
Quality teaching occurs when the teacher’s ongoing analysis of the context and the teacher's decisions about which pedagogical knowledge and abilities to apply results in optimum learning by students.
All teachers are expected to meet the Teaching Quality Standard throughout their careers. However, teaching practices will vary because each teaching situation is different and in constant change. Reasoned judgment must be used to determine whether the Teaching Quality Standard is being met in a given context.
(2) Descriptors of Knowledge, Skills and Attributes. to Interim Certification
Teachers who hold an Interim Professional Certificate must possess the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes Related to Interim Certification (Interim KSAs), and apply them appropriately toward student learning. During their first two years of teaching, teachers should use the Interim KSAs to guide their teaching; reflect on their practice, and direct their professional development in collaboration with their supervisors and evaluators.
As situations warrant, teachers who hold an Interim Professional Certificate are expected to demonstrate consistently that they understand:
a) contextual variables affect teaching and learning. They know how to analyse many variables at one time, and how to respond by making reasoned decisions about their teaching practice and students' learning;
b) the Structure of the Alberta education system. They know the different roles in the system, and how responsibilities and accountabilities are determined, communicated and enforced. including the expectations held of them under the Certification of Teachers Regulation,. A.R. 261190 as amended and their school authority's teacher's evaluation policy;
c) the purposes of the Guide to Education and programs of study germane to the specialization or subject disciplines they are prepared to teach. They know how to use these documents to inform and direct their planning, instruction and assessment of Student progress;
d) the subject disciplines they teach. They have completed a structured program of studies through which they acquired the knowledge, concepts, methodologies and assumptions in one or more areas of specialization or subject disciplines taught in Alberta schools;
e) all students can learn, albeit at different rates and in different ways. They know how (Including when and how to engage others) to identify students’ different learning styles and ways students learn. They understand the need to respond to differences by creating multiple paths to learning for individuals and groups of Students, including students with special learning needs;
f) the purposes of short, medium and long term range planning. They know how to translate curriculum and desired outcomes into reasoned, meaningful and incrementally progressive learning opportunities for students. They also understand the need to vary their plans to accommodate individuals and groups of Students;
g) students' needs for physical, social, cultural, psychological security. They know how to engage students in creating effective classroom routines. They know how and when to apply a variety of management strategies that are in keeping with the situation, and that provide for minimal disruptions to students' learning;
h) the importance of respecting students' human dignity. They know how to establish, with different students, professional relationships that are characterized by mutual respect, trust and harmony;
i) there are many approaches to teaching and learning. They know a broad range of instructional strategies appropriate to their area of specialization and the subject discipline they teach, and know which strategies are appropriate to help different students achieve different outcomes;
j) the functions of traditional and electronic teaching/learning technologies. They know how to use and how to engage students in using these technologies to present and deliver content, communicate effectively with others, find and secure information, research, word process, manage information, and keep records;
k) the purposes of student assessment. They know how to assess the range of learning objectives by selecting and developing a variety of classroom and large-scale assessment techniques and instruments. They know how to analyse the results of classroom and large-scale assessment instruments including provincial assessment instruments, and how to use the results for the ultimate benefit of Students;
l) the importance of engaging parents, purposefully and meaningful]y. in all areas of teaching and learning. They know how to develop and implement strategies that create and enhance partnerships among teachers, parents and students;
m) Student learning is enhanced through the use of home and community resources. They know how to identify resources relevant to teaching and learning objectives, and how to incorporate these resources into their teaching and students' learning;
n) the importance of contributing, independently and collegially, to the quality of their school. They know the strategies whereby they can, independently and collegially, enhance and maintain the quality of their schools to the benefit of students, parents, community and colleagues;
o) the importance of career-Iong learning. They know how to assess their own teaching and how to work with others responsible for supervising and evaluating teachers. They know how to use the findings of assessments, supervision and evaluations to select., develop and implement their own professional development activities;
p) the importance of guiding their actions with a personal, overall vision of the purpose of teaching. They are able to communicate their vision, including how it has changed as a result of new knowledge, understanding and experience; and;
q) They are expected to achieve the Teaching Quality Standard.