Lawrence’s Teacher Education Program Standards

The following thirteen standards, based on Wisconsin state standards, summarize the knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of a beginning teacher at Lawrence.  In order to be certified for licensure, candidates must present evidence that they meet or exceed these standards.

Content Knowledge

1.  Understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structure(s) of the discipline and its connections with the various liberal arts and sciences.

Pedagogical Practice

2.  Plans, organizes and presents systematic instruction that makes the above aspects of the subject meaningful for students.

3.  Uses a variety of instructional strategies, including instructional media and technology, to promote understanding.

4. Uses a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques to evaluate learning and adapt instruction.

Student Engagement

5.  Uses effective verbal and nonverbal communication to foster active inquiry and engagement in learning.

6.  Creates a supportive, productive learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, collaboration and self-motivation.

Adaptive Expertise

7.  Understands how children and adolescents learn and are motivated, individually as well as in groups, and teaches accordingly.

8.  Matches instruction to differences in prior learning, ability and exceptionality.

9.  Demonstrates awareness of differences that arise from cultural background, gender, socio-economic status or community context and adapts instruction accordingly.

Professional Conduct

10. Acts in an ethical, professional manner and exhibits fairness, respect and care in dealing with students.

11. Establishes positive relationships with school colleagues, parents and agencies in the larger community.

12. Demonstrates the ability to be self-critical and to use feedback to improve teaching practice.

Educational Mission

13. Understands the role of education in a democracy and the relationship between school and society.