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Conceptual Framework

Our conceptual framework is organized around the vision statement A Tradition of Excellence: Preparing Creative and Reflective Educators. The three major strands in the framework are "Well-Educated Citizen," "Reflective Practitioner" and "Principled Educator."

Well Educated Citizen

  • critically analyzes and solves problems
  • organizes thought and communicates effectively
  • understands history and our social and political institutions
  • understands and respects diverse cultures and our intercultural world
  • understands the impact of science and technology on our lives
  • uses technology appropriately for research, analysis and communication and exhibits information literacy
  • has experience creating and appreciating the arts
  • has a broad and deep understanding of the subject matter one teaches
  • models the skills, attitudes and values of inquiry appropriate to one's discipline

Reflective Practitioner

  • models inquiry, practice, and reflection
  • uses research to inform curriculum, instruction and assessment effectively
  • meets the diverse learning needs of students
  • applies knowledge of local, state, national and professional standards
  • utilizes instructional and assistive technology effectively
  • promotes inquiry, critical thinking and problem solving
  • creates positive learning environments for all students
  • uses research, reflection and discourse throughout one's career
  • prepares to become an instructional leader

Principled Educator

  • behaves in a professional manner
  • maintains a high level of competence and integrity in one's practice
  • demonstrates a willingness to take risks, be flexible and show comfort with uncertainty
  • works well with others
  • takes responsibility for one's own actions
  • recognizes and respects one's own diversity and that of others
  • fosters positive relationships with students, parents, administrators, colleagues and agencies in the community to support student learning and well being

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