California Standards for the Teaching Profession
(Please note the order of the 6 domains have been changed to match TPEs)
Teachers use their knowledge of student development, subject matter, instructional resources and teaching strategies to make subject matter accessible to all students by interrelating ideas and information within and across curricular areas. Teachers organize curriculum to facilitate students understanding of central themes, concepts, and skills in the subject area.
Teachers establish and clearly communicate learning goals for all students, involving all students in assessing their own learning. Teachers use information from a variety of ongoing assessments and sources to plan and adjust learning opportunities that promote academic achievement and personal growth for all students, communicating their findings to families in ways that improve understanding and encourage participation.
Concepts and skills are taught in ways that encourage students to apply them in real-life contexts and that make subject matter meaningful, by drawing on students’ interests and using instructional strategies that respond to students’ diverse needs. Teachers actively engage ALL students in problem solving and critical thinking within and across subject matter areas, encouraging them to become self directed learners.
Teachers establish challenging learning goals for all students based on student experience, language, development, and home and school expectations. Teachers sequence curriculum and design long-term and short-range plans that incorporate subject matter knowledge, reflect grade level curriculum expectations, and include a repertoire of instructional strategies. They modify and adjust instructional plans according to student engagement and achievement.
Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility for themselves and one another. Expectations for student behavior are established early and consistently maintained, with effective use of instructional time as teachers implement class procedures and routines.
Teachers reflect on their teaching practice and actively engage in planning their professional development, working with local communities to improve their professional practice. They contribute to school activities, promote common school goals and improve professional practice by working collegially with all school staff. Teachers maintain motivation and commitment to all students.
Adapted from California Standards for the Teaching Profession: Description of Professional Practice, Copy right July 1997, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and California Department of Education