Recent Announcements

Announcing Two New Leadership Roles with The Danielson Group

We are excited to share two new opportunities to join the Danielson Group team and lead the organization as we work to strengthen professional practice, elevate great teaching, and influence conversations about teacher development. The Director of Professional Learning and Director of Growth and Development will both play a critical role in leading our work to extend the reach and deepen the impact of the Framework for Teaching.

Providing access to great teaching for all students has proven difficult to achieve in policy and practice, and there remains a widespread need for ongoing, high-quality professional learning opportunities that are part of a coherent, growth-oriented approach for all teachers at every stage of their careers. The Framework for Teaching provides a common language and a foundation for reflection and professional conversations that can support teacher ownership of professional learning and meaningful collaboration between colleagues.

In our work to date, the Danielson Group has partnered with over 900 organizations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 other countries to apply the Framework and promote professional practices that have a demonstrated impact on student learning. We have an incredible opportunity to inform conversations about teacher growth and leadership, and to strengthen professional practice in classrooms as we grow and transition to a mission-driven, non-profit organization.

We believe each student and educator should have access to safe and inclusive learning environments that promote joyful inquiry and intellectual rigor. If you are interested in joining us as we pursue this vision and great teaching for all students, you can learn more about the positions and how to apply here.

The Framework for Teaching Summer Institute

July 31 - August 3, 2018 / Naperville, IL

Save the dates! We will be offering three workshops at our summer institute. Join us to grow your knowledge and skills in using the Framework for Teaching as a tool for strengthening professional practice in service of student learning. An email with registration links and further details will be sent soon*.

Mentoring for Teaching Effectiveness

7/31 - 8/3, 4 days; cost: $1199 per participant for the program

 

Introduction to the Framework for Teaching

7/ 31, 1 day; cost: $329

 

Collaborative Observations and Professional Conversations

8/1 - 8/3, 3 days; cost: $719

 

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Jim Furman, PhD Named Executive Director of The Danielson Group

Charlotte Danielson announced the appointment of Dr. Jim Furman as the Executive Director of the Danielson Group at the organization’s regional conference in Naperville, IL. He began serving in the role on April 16, and will lead the organization as it enters its next phase as a non-profit organization and focuses on expanding and growing the influence of the Framework for Teaching. Danielson will continue to serve as Founder and Chair of the Board.

“I believe that Jim brings a rich tapestry of experience to his work leading the Danielson Group. We, and the entire education profession, will be the beneficiaries,” Danielson said. “Jim has such a highly-developed set of skills, and dispositions, towards an inclusive leadership style; it will serve us all well.”

For the past two decades, Furman has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher leader, professor of education and consultant to states, districts, schools, and non-profit organizations. He began his career as a middle school teacher in New Orleans, LA, then completed his doctoral studies in Teaching & Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

After working as a faculty member and consultant, Furman recently returned to the classroom as a teacher in Denver Public Schools. There he served in a hybrid teacher leadership role, which included teaching American Literature, facilitating a professional learning community, coaching teachers, and leading professional development.

Danielson noted, “It is Jim’s recent teaching experience, as well as his work in policy at both the district and state levels, that convinced the selection committee that he was the right person for this position.”

Furman’s appointment is the result of an extensive strategic planning process and search. “I am humbled and grateful that Charlotte and the board have put their faith in me to lead and grow this organization,” Furman said. “I am honored to join a talented and accomplished team at the Danielson Group. Building on the strong foundation of the Framework, we have an incredible opportunity to work with our partners in classrooms, schools, and districts to strengthen professional practices and elevate teacher leadership.”

Since Danielson published the Framework for Teaching over twenty years ago, it has been used extensively throughout the United States and around the world as a tool for professional conversations, learning, and growth. Each year the Danielson Group provides training to thousands of educators on the Framework and its use, observation of teacher practice, new teacher mentoring, and learning-focused conversations, and other topics based on specific district needs.

As the Danielson Group moves forward, it will continue to focus on teacher growth and leadership by promoting and evolving the definition of good teaching contained in the Framework; helping educators, districts, states, and nations understand and apply the principles of the Framework across all stages of the teaching profession; and inspiring comprehensive personnel policies and national conversations about great teaching.

"Danielson’s Framework for Teaching has been a revelation to me; the best analogy I can offer is that the Framework is like having voice-guided GPS to direct you to a destination, when before you might have only had a destination name and an outdated road map."

Pre-Service Teacher, May 2016

“[The consultant] gave the best PD I have seen in 15 years of teaching, and was the first to explain [the] Danielson [Framework] in a human way. Bravo.”

A teacher, June 2015

“I am so impressed with the Danielson Group consultants. They are all so real. Your trainers helped make [proficient] teaching stronger and steered [basic teaching] toward increasing effectiveness.” 

A principal, June 2015

"Due to your consultant's seamless and meaningful transitions, knowledge of content, and rapport with the audience, the room was alive with energy and it made us all feel ready to begin the year off with success."

"Never before have I seen a group of seasoned educators like your consultants master the art of communicating with an audience with varied levels of expertise and interests. The two days that I spent with your team, I walked away with a desire to use the rubric to truly enhance my own practice."

"I left with a renewed look at the rubric, thinking that the rubric is the Great Equalizer! We can ALL enhance our practice by using it as a tool and a roadmap to produce students who think and are ready for college and careers. THANK YOU!"

"Your consultants' presence and organization of the day will not only impact the new teachers that attended, but will make the year alive for a vast number of students this year."

"Our workshop focused on calibration and inter-rater agreement training, so it was directly aligned to our individual and collective work with teacher performance evaluation.  With new administrators on the team, this type of training is critical."

"We were highly impressed with our Danielson Group consultant and the workshop. We have nothing but positive things to share. Staff have been emailing us, thanking us. This is the most worthwhile presentation we've been to in a while."

"The workshop you provided was hands-on, interesting, practical, and respectful of time limits. I heard more positive feedback about this workshop from staff than I have about any other."

"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the flexibility and professionalism that your consultant provided in our unique context. It helped us to keep on track with our schedule at a critical time. For that we are truly grateful."

"Your consultant presented a perfectly differentiated learning experience for all our principals. They were highly engaged, as demonstrated by on-topic conversations using academic language, completion of tasks requiring evidence identification, and note taking and 'grading' during classroom videos of teaching."

"Our school principals said the Framework observation training was the best training they had ever had, including the training provided when earning their Master’s degrees."

"I have a principal who was so excited about the breakthrough work with her staff in special education. I am already getting my money back!"

"My concern about the extra time it would take to implement the Framework successfully was not accurate. It took about the same amount of time as our prior evaluation system, and the benefits in professional growth and increased student achievement were more than worth it."

"I want to truly thank you for the brilliant job that you did with our training. I got such positive feedback from the team. They feel re-energized and like they have a direction and new tools to do the job."