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Danielson Framework defines good teaching
ESAs to offer technical assistance, training

What does good teaching look like? South Dakota is on its way to a common definition with the adoption of the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching. The state Board of Education voted to adopt the Danielson Framework as the state’s standards for teaching back in July.

“Danielson’s Framework recognizes the depth and complexity of the teaching profession, and if used properly, can serve as a guide for teachers to fully develop their potential as professionals,” said Secretary of Education Melody Schopp. “My hope is that these new standards transform our approach toward teacher evaluation in this state – evolving it into a more meaningful conversation about the practice of teaching and how to achieve continuous improvement.”

The department is working with two Education Service Agencies – TIE and East Dakota Educational Cooperative – to provide training and professional development to districts this year, as they work toward incorporating the standards at the local level. A small pilot program will be run this year as well.

It’s important to note that while districts are required to evaluate teachers based on the South Dakota standards for teaching (Danielson’s Framework), they have the option of using whatever evaluation tool or method they choose. (See Q&A. )

The ESAs have outlined some general guidelines for implementation. Possible activities are broken up into two phases:

Phase 1: Growing Knowledge
Activities might include:
• Online book study for teachers
• Online book study for administrators
• Establish team to lead the process locally
• Team or all staff attend training: Introduction to Framework for Teaching

Phase 2: Growing Skill
Activities might include:
• Conduct crosswalk
• Take formal board action to adopt the standards locally
• Determine desired evaluation system at local level (based on standards/Danielson Framework)
• Attending training specific to Danielson’s evaluation model (if district chooses that route)
• Take necessary steps to incorporate any changes made to local evaluation system into negotiated contract

Click here to access the guidelines, to learn more about training opportunities and to access the pilot application.

For more information, please contact MaryLou McGirr at TIE, (605) 484-4050, or Melissa Goodwin at EDEC, (605) 367-7680.