Developing as a Professional Educator

Quotes from Administrators, Colleagues, and Families











Overarching Goal and Outcomes for My Teaching Practice and Student Learning

Innovate strategies and tools to facilitate students to
self-monitor their learning and increase independence to complete tasks.

"In teaching others we teach ourselves"  - Proverb


Comparing and Contrasting Growth Overtime as a Professional Educator

Improve scores on the CSTP Self-Assessment
from Level 3 ( Applying) to Levels 4 and 5 (Integrating and Innovating) in 80% of the 6 CSTP areas.
Here are my results: GOAL ACHIEVED!
CSTP    Sept.    Mar.   Overall Growth per area
1         3.83      4.50       0.67
2         3.57      4.14       0.57
3         4.00      5.30       1.30
4         3.83      4.80       0.97
5        3.86       4.43       0.57
6        4.00       4.00       0.00


California Standards for The Teaching Profession
1. Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning
2. Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
3.Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
4. Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students
5. Assessing Students for Learning
6. Developing as Professional Educator
Areas of Strength: 
CSTP 3.Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
CSTP 4. Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students 
Areas for Continuous Improvement: 
CSTP 2. Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
CSTP 6. Developing as Professional Educator and CSTP 
Surprises in the Learning Process: 
Conferencing with students improved student learning outcomes and growth in many areas on the CSTP self-assessment tool. When I started meeting with students daily to ask them, "Is this your best work?" Students, started to care about doing "Their best work." They paid close attention to instruction on how they could improve. The students became eager, motivated learners. They used the tools and strategies I provided them. I learned self-reflection is as powerful a tool for my students as it is for me.

Next Goals as a Professional Educator

To continue developing my teaching practice, I want to target a professional development goal in an area in need of support, identified through comparing and contrasting my CSTP scores. Areas in need of support are CSTP 2: Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning and CSTP 6: Developing as Professional Educator. Over the next year of teaching, I want to engage in an ongoing inquiry into my teaching practice in these areas using the CSTP self-assessment tool.

I want to maintain high-quality teaching, responsive to the needs of my students. Students grow and change. They have successes, and crisis, growth spurts, and plateaus. I want to be an educator able to flexibly respond to the ever-changing needs of the students in my class.
Action  Plan
Step 1: Define the Problem(s) as it relates to my current teaching practice-and the CSTP 2 self-assessment criteria. 
Step 2: Collect and Analyze the Data of my teaching compared with student learning outcomes. 
Step 3: Clarify and Prioritize the Problem(s) about creating and maintaining effective learning environments. 
Step 4: Write a S.M.A.R.T. (E.-evaluate). (R.-readjust) Goal Statement for Each Solution. Step 5: Implement Solutions - Innovate tools and strategies to support student learning.
Step 6: Monitor and Evaluate. Evaluate my previous scores of CSTP and Student Learning Outcomes.
Measuring Success
The goal statement must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. I will collect baseline data and quantify it numerically, and set a quantifiable target outcome.
GOAL: Achieve Integrating on CSTP 2.2 and ensure students access five out of ten different resources or strategies weekly for four consecutive weeks to engage in learning activities by April of 2020.  

Staying Connected and Energized to the Profession
Engage in on-site collaboration with colleagues. Participate in or develop systematic, collaborative processes with site teams and community agencies. Attend SELPA training for ongoing professional development and to stay current with principles and practices in the fields of teaching and education. Participate in conferences as they are available. Read current scholarly research relevant to the disabilities of the students I serve. 
Advice for New Teachers.
Advice for New Teachers: Ask for help early. Accept help. Collaborate with veteran teachers. Use your resources. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Build on the plethora f resources on the web, your school site, district, and community to build your practice and teaching repertoire. See more tips on my page, "4 Valuable Educator Resources for Getting the Job Done."