The professional teaching standards for the Amherst, Pelham, and Amherst Regional school districts represent the level of excellence expected from all teachers. These standards guide teaching as well as professional and personal relationships with students, colleagues, and the community at large. They encompass a framework for teaching that takes into account the multicultural make-up of the student population and the district’s goal of high achievement by all. Meeting these standards ensures that students will be equipped to participate fully in a democratic society.
Based on the five core propositions identified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Framework for Professional Practice developed by Charlotte Danielson (Enhancing Professional Practice - A Framework for Teaching), these standards reflect an educational paradigm whose focus is the purposeful nature of teaching and the creation of a community of learners.
The standards have been revised to insure that students are the focus of our effort. Student Achievement through expectations of high-status knowledge, academic engagement, and school membership of every student, every day, is our goal. Furthermore, it is intended that the use of such standards and commensurate models and guides will allow teachers to utilize the breadth of their repertoire and continued learning in a constructivist, substantive manner and to engage in meaningful dialogue with colleagues of like strengths, beliefs, and skill.
Teachers know their students and how they learn
Teachers know their subjects, what to teach, and how to plan and teach
Teachers maintain and manage a culture and climate for learning
Teachers manage and monitor student progress to inform planning and instruction
Teachers grow and develop professionally