Never Too Young for Engagement

Children have an innate ability to learn through the iterative process

Tom Jenkins on the Teaching Channel

We stress in all of our training, especially our "Engaging Students in Learning" workshop,  that component 3c is the heart of the Framework for Teaching.

Tom Jenkins brings this home in a beautiful way in his blog post on the Teaching Channel, "Kindergartners are Born Engineers."



Improving Teaching, One Conversation at a Time

Shelly Arneson in Educational Leadership: Meaningful Two-Way Exchanges in Observation Conferences

In the April 2015 issue of Educational Leadership, Danielson Group Consultant Dr. Shelly Arneson discusses how teacher evaluation conferences can become more effective when the focus is shifted from inspection to reflection.

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Charlotte Danielson Introduces a Streamlined Framework for Teaching

This new organization retains all the 22 components and their elements, but rearranges them into six larger clusters, representing the big ideas of teaching.

Charlotte Danielson in Educational Leadership: Framing Discussions About Teaching

Charlotte Danielson introduces a different organization of the Framework for Teaching in the April 2015 issue of Educational Leadership to help structure professional conversations.

"Many educators tell us they love the framework. They appreciate its respectful tone and its comprehensiveness; they find the specific language at each level of performance for each component to be useful as they strive to improve their practice. For some educators, however, it's just too big."

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Paradigm Shift in PA Teacher Observation

Teachers are getting support they need to improve their practices and deepen students’ knowledge and skills

Marybeth Zlock at Progress: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education

Marybeth Zlock reports in a U.S. Dept. of Education blog about training that teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania received as part of a new evaluation model. Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching was used as the basis of the model, and some users are reporting "a whole paradigm shift for professional staff."


Component 3e Highlighted

Insights on being a flexible and responsive teacher

by Kate at CoreStand

We at the Danielson Group are happy when we hear about a teacher using the Framework to reflect on their own practice. Kate, a blogger at CoreStand, shares her insights on being a flexible and responsive teacher (3e in Framework-speak) in this blog post.


Principal and Teacher A Complex Duet

New evaluation systems garner favorable reviews in Chicago

By Brent Staples

The New York Times presents a look at the challenges and successes of implementing a new teacher evaluation system in Chicago.

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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

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"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."

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"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."