H. Professionalism & Standards for Teachers

Colorado Teacher Quality Standards

Professionalism is extremely important in the Art Education Program at Colorado State University.  Teachers in Colorado are evaluated according to performance and quality standards. Below are these standards and elements. You have many people depending on you and our expectations are high for your performance in all you do in the program. Please review the documents below. Consider…




I. Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach. The elementary teacher is an expert in literacy and mathematics and is knowledgeable in all other content that he or she teaches (e.g., science, social studies, arts, physical education, or world languages). The secondary teacher has knowledge of literacy and mathematics and is an expert in his or her content endorsement area(s).

ELEMENT A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with Colorado Academic Standards, their District’s organized plan of instruction, and the individual needs of the students.

ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of content, central concepts, disciplinary inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.

ELEMENT C: Teachers develop and implement lessons that connect to a variety of content areas/disciplines and emphasize literacy and mathematical practices.


II. Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.

ELEMENT A: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.

ELEMENT B: Teachers demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners.

ELEMENT C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.

ELEMENT D: Teachers work collaboratively with the families and/or significant adults for the benefit of students.


III. Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.

ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of students.

ELEMENT B: Teachers use formal and informal methods to assess student learning, provide feedback, and use results to inform planning and instruction.

ELEMENT C: Teachers integrate and utilize appropriate available technology to engage students in authentic
learning experiences.

ELEMENT D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

ELEMENT E: Teachers provide students with opportunities to work in teams and develop leadership.

ELEMENT F: Teachers model and promote effective communication.


IV. Teachers demonstrate professionalism through ethical conduct, reflection, and leadership.

ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate high standards for professional conduct.

ELEMENT B: Teachers link professional growth to their professional goals.

ELEMENT C: Teachers are able to respond to a complex, dynamic environment.

ELEMENT D: Teachers demonstrate leadership in the school, the community, and the teaching profession.


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