NATIONAL BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS
- Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach
those subjects to students.
- Teachers are dedicated to
making knowledge accessible to all students. They believe all students
- 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.
Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring
- 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.
Teachers think systematically about their practice and
learn from experience.
- 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
- Teachers use multiple methods
for measuring student growth and understanding, and they can clearly
explain student performance to parents.
Teachers are members of learning communities.
- 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.
- Teachers collaborate with
others to improve student learning.
- Teachers are leaders and
actively know how to seek and build partnerships with community groups
- Teachers work with other
professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff
- 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