Specialist Rubrics

School Counselors Rubric

Counselor_Rubric_Cover_504x389Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching by Charlotte Danielson has found wide acceptance across the nation for its research-based definition of good teaching. As Charlotte Danielson notes, however, the Framework for Teaching (FfT) is a definition of teaching. Recognizing the need for a similar definition for specialist positions, Charlotte Danielson added rubrics for several specialists in the second edition of the Framework for Teaching in 2007. The Danielson Group subsequently published Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument that, in addition to the component rubric language, contained critical attributes and possible examples for each of the levels of performance in the rubric.

Four members of the Danielson Group with masters’ degrees in counseling recognized the potential value of a framework similar to the Evaluation Instrument that would specifically reflect the work of School Counselors. We offer this School Counselor Rubric as an example to support and enhance professional conversations in the school counseling community. Although not yet separately validated by empirical research, this rubric’s language meets professional standards widely accepted in the school counselor professional community.

Click here to register then download a free copy of the School Counselor rubric.

The Danielson Group recognizes that there are many other specialist positions in schools. While we do not currently have plans for the development of similar frameworks for other positions, we hope that this rubric can serve as a blueprint for school districts and agencies as they review their own specialist rubrics. To assist you, we offer consulting services that guide you through the process of developing specialist position rubrics. We find that defining the work of specialists offers many benefits: it enables districts to craft a rubric that is customized to the particular responsibilities and expectations of the positions in their district, it builds ownership when the district’s own experts define expectations, and the deep insights gained by those involved in the development process make them even more valuable specialist leaders. For information about such consulting services, please email: contact@danielsongroup.org.


PA: Teaching Professionals with Unique Roles and Functions

The state of Pennsylvania has adopted Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching as the overarching vision for effective instruction in the Commonwealth. Committees of educators have also worked to develop examples and guiding questions for instructionally certified personnel as potentially useful supplements to the already validated Danielson teaching rubric.

The Danielson Group has not made a detailed study of these particular resources, and we are not able to answer inquiries about them. We are simply sharing them as potential resources to encourage and aid conversations in your own school/district around specialist roles.

The Danielson Group does provide consultation services to districts that are interested in developing their own specialist rubrics. Please use our Contacts page if you would like to inquire about such services.

PA Examples and Guiding Questions for Teaching Professionals with Unique Roles and Functions

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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!"

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