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Kentucky and Thomas More College Teacher Standards

Standard I: THE TEACHER DEMONSTRATES APPLIED CONTENT KNOWLEDGE.
The teacher demonstrates a current and sufficient academic knowledge of certified content areas to develop student knowledge and performance in those areas.

1.1 Communicates concepts, processes, and knowledge.
1.2 Connects content to life experiences of student.
1.3 Demonstrates instructional strategies that are appropriate for content and contribute to student learning.
1.4 Guides students to understand content from various perspectives.
1.5 Identifies and addresses students' misconceptions of content.

Standard II: THE TEACHER DESIGNS AND PLANS INSTRUCTION.
The teacher designs/plans instruction that develops student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

2.1 Develops significant objectives aligned with standards.
2.2 Uses contextual data to design instruction relevant to students.
2.3 Plans assessments to guide instruction and measure learning objectives.
2.4 Plans instructional strategies and activities that address learning objectives for all students.
2.5 Plans instructional strategies and activities that facilitate multiple levels of learning.

Standard III: THE TEACHER CREATES AND MAINTAINS LEARNING CLIMATE.
The teacher creates a climate that supports the development of student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

3.1 Communicates high expectations.
3.2 Establishes a positive learning environment.
3.3 Values and supports student diversity and addresses individual needs.
3.4 Fosters mutual respect between teacher and students and among students.
3.5 Provides a safe environment for learning.

Standard IV: THE TEACHER IMPLEMENTS AND MANAGES INSTRUCTION.
The teacher implements/manages instruction that develops student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

4.1 Uses a variety of instructional strategies that align with learning objectives and actively engage students.
4.2 Implements instruction based on diverse student needs and assessment data.
4.3 Uses time effectively.
4.4 Uses space and materials effectively.
4.5 Implements and manages instruction in ways that facilitate higher order thinking.

Standard V: THE TEACHER ASSESSES AND COMMUNICATES LEARNING RESULTS.
The teacher assesses learning and communicates results to students and others with respect to student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

5.1 Uses pre-assessments.
5.2 Uses formative assessments.
5.3 Uses summative assessments.
5.4 Describes, analyzes, and evaluates student performance data.
5.5 Communicates learning results to students and parents.
5.6 Allows opportunity for student self-assessment.

Standard VI: THE TEACHER DEMONSTRATES THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNOLOGY.
The teacher uses technology to support instruction; access and manipulate data; enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate and collaborate with colleagues, parents, and the community; and conduct research.

6.1 Uses available technology to design and plan instruction.
6.2 Uses available technology to implement instruction that facilitates student learning.
6.3 Integrates student use of available technology into instruction.
6.4 Uses available technology to assess and communicate student learning.
6.5 Demonstrates ethical and legal use of technology.

Standard VII: THE TEACHER REFLECTS ON AND EVALUATES TEACHING AND LEARNING
The teacher reflects on and evaluates specific teaching/learning situations and/or programs.

7.1 Uses data to reflect on and evaluate student learning.
7.2 Uses data to reflect on and evaluate instructional practice.
7.3 Uses data to reflect on and identify areas for professional growth.

Standard VIII: COLLABORATES WITH COLLEAGUES/PARENTS/OTHERS
The teacher collaborates with colleagues, parents, and other agencies to design, implement, and support programs that develop student abilities to use communication skills, apply core concepts, become self-sufficient individuals, become responsible team members, think and solve problems, and integrate knowledge.

8.1 Identifies students whose learning could be enhanced by collaboration.
8.2 Designs a plan to enhance student learning that includes all parties in the collaborative effort.
8.3 Implements planned activities that enhance student learning and engage all parties.
8.4 Analyzes data to evaluate the outcomes of collaborative efforts.

Standard IX: EVALUATES TEACHING AND IMPLEMENTS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The teacher evaluates his/her overall performance with respect to modeling and teaching Kentucky's goals, refines the skills and processes necessary, and implements a professional development plan.

9.1 Self assesses performance relative to Kentucky's Teacher Standards.
9.2 Identifies priorities for professional development based on data from self-assessment, student performance and feedback from colleagues.
9.3 Designs a professional growth plan that addresses identified priorities.
9.4 Shows evidence of professional growth and reflection on the identified priority areas and impact on instructional effectiveness and student learning.

Standard X: PROVIDES LEADERSHIP WITHIN SCHOOL/COMMUNITY/PROFESSION.
The teacher provides professional leadership within the school, community, and educational profession to improve student learning and well-being.

10.1 Identifies leadership opportunities that enhance student learning and/or professional environment of the school.
10.2 Develops a plan for engaging in leadership activities.
10.3 Implements a plan for engaging in leadership activities.
10.4 Analyzes data to evaluate the results of planned and executed leadership efforts.

Standard XI: MANIFESTS PROFESSIONAL DEMEANOR AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
The teacher manifests professional demeanor and communication skills.

11.1 Professionalism in manner. Has poise, respect for self and others, diplomacy.
11.2 Tact: Is diplomatic and respectful.
11.3 Elocution: Uses professional tone of voice, well modulated and varied. Speaks clearly and is easily understood.
11.4 Uses standard spoken and written English. Expresses thoughts in well chosen words.

Standard XII: MANIFESTS A COMMITMENT TO CHRISTIAN VALUES AND VIRTUES THROUGH DAILY BEHAVIORS BASED ON UNIVERSAL ETHICAL PRINCIPLES CONSISTENT WITH CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS.
The teacher manifests a commitment to Christian values and virtues through daily behaviors based on Christian teachings.

12.1 Objectivity: Freedom from control by personal bias and preference.
12.2 Respect for diversity: Valuing the differences among people.
12.3 Genuine interest in others: Friendliness, promoting effective relationships with staff, others.
12.4 Flexibility: Ability to cope with the unexpected.
12.5 Responsibility: Ability to be punctual and to fulfill one's duties.
12.6 Ethical behavior: Doing the right thing at the right time.
12.7 Initiative: Being a self-starter, able to proceed on one's own.
12.8 Sense of service: Willingness to go beyond strict contractual obligations.
12.9 Learner centered: Focused on students' learning needs.