Criterion 8: Exhibiting Collaborative and Collegial Practices Focused on Improving Instructional Practice and Student Learning
According to Danielson (2011), criterion 8 of the Danielson framework is part of the TPEP (Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot) structure that focuses on the professional practices and how teachers participate collaboratively in the educational community to improve instruction, and ultimately student growth. It is an important focus because it promotes student learning, showing that teachers must work with their colleagues to share learning techniques, arrange collective instructional practices, and plan for the success of individual students. It is also the responsibility of the teacher to grow professionally by seeking academic opportunities for professional growth, and demonstrate high standards of professionalism. The subcategories that will be discussed in this chapter include: “4d: Participating in a Professional Community, 4e: Growing and Developing Professionally, 4f: Showing Professionalism, and Student Growth 8.1: Establish Team Student Growth Goals (s)” (Danielson, 2011, p. 82-94). For each sub category, there will be a description and empirical evidence that supports the sub category.
4d: Participating in a Professional Community
In the first component of the eighth criterion, the goal is that the academic environments promote the learning of all students. According to Danielson (2011), the teacher keeps a professional relationship that…