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Component 1: Planning and Implementation of Instruction

This component will explore your ability to plan and execute sequential instruction for a particular subject area or class. You will demonstrate how you create and maintain a supportive learning environment through managing and monitoring your classroom in a way that supports students in their abilities to meet the academic standards.

Through artifacts, self-assessment, reflection, and a video, you will use a common set of indicators to document observable teaching behaviors and critical components of your planning efforts, including assessment.

Required Sections for Component 1

  1. Context
  2. Instructional Unit Plan
  3. Lesson Plan(s)
  4. Analysis of an Instructional Video
  5. Reflection on Planning and Implementation of Instruction

In Component 1 You Will

  1. Describe your teaching context.
  2. Document a 3-5 hour instructional plan that fits into your regular teaching assignment, focus on specific skills and content areas related to Arizona Academic Standards, and include a general assessment of the students' abilities and planned adaptations for differences among learners.
    • Outline the Instructional Unit Plan
    • Document Lesson Plan(s)
    • Describe at least 3 assessments for the unit that are appropriate for stated learning goals and activities
  3. Submit a 15-minute video of your teaching practice that demonstrates your ability to manage and monitor student learning while engaged in one of the lessons in your 3-5 hour instructional plan.
  4. Gather evidence of indicators from the Arizona Professional Teaching Standards by identifying specific behaviors and examples demonstrated in your submitted video.
    • Analyze the evidence seen in the video as guided by Arizona Professional Teaching Standards #2 and #3.
  5. Reflect on how the instructional plan relates to the goals selected and cite connections made between the learning goals, instructional sequence and strategies, and assignments chosen to meet the needs of learners.

Component 2: Formative and Summative Student Assessment

This section of your application is designed to allow you to demonstrate your ability to use assessment data to inform instruction, develop and communicate learning goals and expectations, and assess student progress. The use of a variety of ongoing formal and informal assessment methods can provide rich information about your students' understanding of content and their skill development. Students should understand the learning goals and the evaluation criteria. You should have mechanisms for using this information to communicate with your students, their parents and the colleagues you work with to facilitate student learning. This section will be divided into two parts, Formative Assessment and Summative Assessment.

Required Sections for Component 2

  1. Formative Assessment: Provide a Context
  2. Formative Assessment: Analysis of Student Achievement
  3. Summative Assessment: Summary of Assessment Data
  4. Summative Assessment: Goals and Progress
  5. Reflection

In Component 2 You Will

  1. Provide a context by describing the demographics, assessments and progress of students during your Instructional Unit Plan.
  2. Analyze the formative assessment data utilized in the Instructional Unit Plan, by analyzing student work samples from each of the following:
    • High-achieving learner
    • Mid-achieving learner
    • Low-achieving learner
    • Diverse learner
  3. Demonstrate how you utilized these assessments to plan and inform instruction.
  4. Demonstrate how these students made progress towards the goals, and how you collaborated with families to communicate student progress to students and parents.
  5. Reflect on your current teaching practice as it relates to your use of assessments in this unit.

Component 3: Professional Development and Collegiality

In this section you will describe your ongoing plan for professional growth. Through the development of an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) you will be asked to demonstrate a direct link between your professional goals and school and district goals; while providing evidence of the impact of your professional growth on student learning.

Required Sections for Component 3

  1. Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)
  2. Evidence of Professional Development Impact (3 Supporting Artifacts)
  3. Administrator Attestation/Verification Form (You will send this to your administrator and they will mail the form to the Arizona K12 Center)

In Component 3 You Will

  1. Complete an Individual Professional Development Plan, which will reflect your growth as a professional and the steps you will take to meet your learning goals.
  2. Submit Evidence of Professional Development Impact and 3 supporting artifacts that demonstrate the impact of professional learning activities on schools and school communities.
  3. Submit Administrator Attestation/Verification Form designed to encourage dialogue between you and your administrator.

Component 1: Instructional Mentor Analysis, Focus and Intervention Plan

This component will explore your ability to identify mentoring needs that are focused on assisting teachers in effectively addressing school improvement goals at their site in a manner that is meaningful and enhances student success. You will develop and execute an intervention plan based on data, observation, and implementation of your mentoring strategies.

Required Sections for Component 1

  1. Context
  2. Focus and Intervention Plan
  3. Reflection on Mentoring and the Impact on Student Success

In Component 1 You Will

  1. Choose a cohort of no more than 15 teachers that you support. You will use only teachers from this cohort, and the students in their classes when responding to questions throughout this application.
  2. Compose a written narrative responding to a series of questions in three component areas while following specific formatting and page limit requirements.
  3. Submit data, which clearly demonstrates links to school improvement goals, teacher skills to meet the goals, current teacher performance, gaps in teaching skills, and methods of assessing and monitoring teacher and student progress.

Component 2: Monitoring Teacher and Student Progress

This section of your application is designed to allow you to demonstrate your ability to use assessment data, observation data, and other mentoring tools, strategies, and practices to inform your mentoring practice. You will demonstrate how you collaborate with the teachers you support, develop and communicate goals, and assess teacher and student progress. The use of a variety of ongoing formal and informal assessment methods and mentoring tools and strategies can provide rich information about the growth and development of the teachers you support and their students.

You will be asked to choose 2 teachers from your cohort and create a case analysis of each one, including artifacts of practice. You will use the same two teachers for Section 1: Formative Assessment and Section 2: Impact of Mentoring on Student Achievement Using Formative and Summative Assessment Tools.

Required Sections for Component 2

  1. Formative Assessment of Teacher Practice
    • Case Analysis Teacher A
    • Case Analysis Teacher B
  2. Impact of Mentoring on Student Achievement Using Formative and Summative Assessment Tools
    • Case Analysis Teacher A
    • Case Analysis Teacher B
  3. Goals and Progress
  4. Reflection

In Component 2 You Will

  1. Complete a comparative case study of two teachers from your cohort demonstrating needed skills, interventions and impact on teaching and student achievement.
  • Describe:
    • How you use formative assessments as a mentor.
    • What you learned about each teacher's level of performance.
    • How you used assessments to plan for mentoring strategies.
  • Provide evidence of:
    • How mentoring resulted in improved teacher effectiveness.
    • Student achievement in targeted areas.
    • How increased student achievement was linked to improved teacher skills as a result of mentoring efforts.

Component 3: Professional Development and Collegiality

In this section you will describe your ongoing plan for professional growth. Through the development of an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) you will be asked to demonstrate a direct link between your professional goals and school and district goals; while providing evidence of the impact of your professional growth on student learning.

Required Sections for Component 3

  1. Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)
  2. Evidence of Professional Development Impact (3 Supporting Artifacts)
  3. Administrator Attestation/Verification Form (You will send this to your administrator and they will mail the form to the Arizona K12 Center)

In Component 3 You Will

  1. Complete an Individual Professional Development Plan, which will reflect your growth as a professional and the steps you will take to meet your learning goals.
  2. Submit Evidence of Professional Development Impact and 3 supporting artifacts that demonstrate the impact of professional learning activities on schools and school communities.
  3. Submit Administrator Attestation/Verification Form designed to encourage dialogue between you and your administrator.