How I Met The Framework

An instructional facilitator blogs about her history with the Framework.

Teresa Lien, Danielson Group Consultant

"The Framework for Teaching has helped me decrease the noise and distractions of the usual educational barrage of policies and programs because as each initiative presents itself, I analyze it with the Framework for Teaching. Where are the assumptions and features in this new initiative? How are the Framework’s seven Common Themes represented in this new initiative? What components are nested within this new initiative? By thinking through the Framework for Teaching, it strengthens my perseverance to forge the latest demands."



Creating Communities of Practice

In the May 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, Charlotte Danielson talks about how we need to move beyond teacher evaluation based on numbers, ratings, and rankings to stimulate professional learning.

Charlotte Danielson, The Danielson Group

Today’s teachers and administrators are caught in a squeeze of conflicting demands. Virtually all teachers care deeply about children and their learning. They work hard to create classroom environments that are simultaneously well organized and purposeful, warm and supportive, and intellectually challenging. That’s a tall order in the best of times; and it’s even more difficult in a policy environment in which teachers are under great scrutiny and subject to greater accountability than ever before.



Charlotte Danielson on Rethinking Teacher Evaluation

Charlotte Danielson, The Danielson Group

A comprehensive personnel policy must not only ensure good teaching on the part of every teacher, it must also ensure opportunities for ongoing professional learning by all teachers. It's essential that site administrators be able to establish a culture within the school conducive to professional learning, one that's supportive as well as challenging. Only then will schools truly be learning organizations.


edTPA Is a Starting Point for Career-Long Thoughtful Teaching Practice

"EdTPA establishes the starting point for what many in the academic and policy communities hope will be a career-long trajectory of thoughtful practice."

Charlotte Danielson, The Danielson Group

In this commentary on the EdPrepMatters website, Charlotte Danielson comments on edTPA, an assessment developed by Stanford University and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). EdTPA is a nationally available summative assessment that can be used as part of the teacher licensure or accreditation process. Charlotte Danielson comments on the cognitive nature of teaching and how assessments like edTPA involve reflective practices and learning critical to skill in the profession.


The Framework in Australia

“[The Framework] isn’t used as a scorecard for external evaluation”

Deborah Netolicky of Wesley College and the Professional Learning Project in South Perth, Australia

Deborah Netolicky was inspired to blog about how her community uses the Framework for Teaching for clear reflection and professional development based on lesson data. The author also notes the research supporting their focus on the Danielson Framework. Below is an excerpt.

"For my school, the Danielson Framework for Teaching instrument—congruent with our performance review, professional development and coaching processes—helps us to develop a precise and shared language of practice. It isn’t used as a scorecard for external evaluation, something which I strongly advocate against. We instead use it in the following ways.

  • Coaches and managers are trained by a Danielson consultant in generating lesson data and using the Framework in professional conversations (which aligns with out Cognitive Coaching model for coaching conversations).
  • Teachers complete an annual online self-reflection against the Framework, in order to surface reflections about their teaching, help them set goals, and guide their thinking as they plan for the year ahead;
  • During coaching conversations, coaches help teachers to consider their lesson data against the Danielson Framework, looking closely at the descriptors and facilitating reflection against the rubrics.
  • The Danielson Framework sits alongside the Australian National Professional Standards for Teachers as a tool for deepening reflection and conversation about practice, allowing teachers to more specifically envisage, articulate and enact excellence in teaching practice."

New Edition of “Talk About Teaching”

Corwin has published a new 2nd edition of Talk About Teaching by Charlotte Danielson on September 21.

Charlotte Danielson invites you to explore this new resource:

"Why the need for more Talk About Teaching? Because now, six long years later, we’re living in a very different educational climate. Between the call for more rigorous teacher-evaluation procedures and the higher standards set for student learning, a perfect storm has emerged, demanding that we all take a more critical look at the ways we’re supporting accomplished teaching.

"Of all the approaches available to us, the most powerful by far is professional conversations. I don’t mean formal reflective conversations or coaching conversations; their many benefits are already widely documented across the professional literature. I’m talking about the informal conversations that follow a principal’s brief, unannounced observations of teachers in action, or sharing practices and new ideas through collegial interaction among teachers. These are the conversations that we can have the greatest impact on teacher practice and create a culture where we’re all working toward the same objectives.

"Consider this Second Edition of Talk About Teaching your official invitation to join that conversation. If you’re new to the book, you’ll find a virtual roadmap to leading your own professional conversations. Readers of the previous edition, you’ll especially appreciate the all-new topics for conversation along with much more about the implications of higher standards of student learning."

See the announcement from Corwin, get a free downloadable copy of the first chapter, and pre-order your copy at the “Read Article” link below.


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"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."