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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