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The knowledge and skills for professional development by: .2c remaining current in subject area(s), theories, practice, research and ethical practice

Need a Cross-Linked Standards Database, And Crowdsourced

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have a representation of the standards that is very technology friendly.  Which got me thinking…

On any given day, I’m writing a lesson that is touching on the following Standards:

In the business, a comprehensive analysis of how one standard compares to another is called a crosswalk.  But, that’s just another document you have to parse.  What you really need is the answer to this question:  “I’m focusing a lesson on XYZ standard, I wonder what other standards I’m potentially covering when I do that?

  • You want to find a related “standard”.  The word “standard” is in quotes because related concepts might not be called that, they might be called any of the following.

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  • So let’s use a generic (thanks CCSS) term like statement.  You want to find related statements, which may start off as just a text search for common terms.
  • If search finds common terms the implication is that two statements are related, but you may want to walk the hierarchy of each statement
  • The hierarchy of statements is defined very carefully in a statements source document, i.e. “The PQR Standards”.

Here’s my implementation that would help solve this problem.

1. a relational database that contains the statements, all uniquely identifiable but also with their peculiar numberings, and tagged by what their source document was.

2. a table in the database that contains links between statements.  The link could also contain a rating for the link, e.g. “completely equivalent” to “keyword only”.  This table would be extensible and could grow very large over time.

The crowdsourcing comes in because I can’t as one person completely link CCSS (roughly 1500 “statements”) to NGSS (at least as large) and that would be just two of the many I listed above.  So I would put this database on the internet with links to appropriate forms and reports so that people could use it and add to it and refine the work of others.

Let me know if you think you would use such a tool.  Thanks!

Washington ProTeach Standards and Criteria

What are the Standards & Criteria?

As established by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), the 3 standards and 12 criteria are:

1. The knowledge and skills for effective teaching that ensure student learning by:

  • a. using instructional strategies that make learning meaningful and show positive impact on student learning
  • b. using a variety of assessment strategies and data to monitor and improve instruction
  • c. using appropriate classroom management principles, processes and practices to foster a safe, positive, student-focused learning environment
  • d. designing and/or adapting a challenging curriculum that is based on the diverse needs of each student
  • e. demonstrating cultural sensitivity/competence in teaching and in relationships with students, families and community members
  • f. integrating technology into instruction and assessment
  • g. informing, involving and collaborating with families and community members as partners in each student’s educational process, including using information about student achievement and performance

2. The knowledge and skills for professional development by:

  • a. evaluating the effects of his/her teaching through feedback and reflection
  • b. using professional standards and district criteria to assess professional performance and plan and implement appropriate growth activities
  • c. remaining current in subject area(s), theories, practice, research and ethical practice

3. Professional contributions to the improvement of the school, the community and the profession by:

  • a. advocating for curriculum, instruction and learning environments that meet the diverse needs of each student
  • b. participating collaboratively in school improvement activities and contributing to collegial decision making

From <http://www.waproteach.org/overview/standards_criteria.html>

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