Unit Standards

Standard 1: Knowledge


Candidates possess a comprehensive understanding of the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education Foundations’ content, concepts and modes of inquiry and make connections among disciplines.

  1. Understand liberal arts and sciences content (the what of disciplines), concepts (generalizations about content), and the modes and methods of inquiry (the how of disciplines).
  2. Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the relevant and significant ideas across disciplines.
  3. Use technology proficiently and understand its potential as a tool for teaching and learning.
  4. Make connections between disciplinary content and the New York Standards for Student Learning.
  5. Connect content across disciplines.
  6. Understand how best to teach what they know about the major disciplines, curriculum, practices and strategies for learning, and the appropriate assessment devices.
  7. Create and select teaching methods, activities and materials that are aligned with the New York Standards for Student Learning.
  8. Design and implement research by raising their own questions and using appropriate resources and methodologies to answer those questions.
  9. Understand the ethical and moral dimensions associated with teaching and learning.
  10. Understand child development, characteristics, and needs.
  11. Understand exceptionalities and the impact these conditions have on the development and performance of children.

Standard 2: Personal and Global Consciousness


Candidates examine, deconstruct, and reconstruct their own and others’ beliefs, values and perspectives to understand their own cultures and to develop empathy and acceptance towards others’ cultures.

  1. Examine own beliefs, values, and perspectives and contextualize these within a larger cultural context.
  2. Recognize the personal, cultural and social impact they have on others and how others influence them and actively reexamine or adjust beliefs and values accordingly.
  3. Use technology to gain knowledge of the beliefs, values and perspectives of our own community and communities worldwide.
  4. Understand how language, culture, and familial backgrounds interact with learning.

Standard 3: Analytical Ability

Goal: Candidates effectively and comprehensively deconstruct texts to uncover hidden meanings, to make connections, to draw inferences and to develop multiple perspectives toward various ideas and issues.

  1. Effectively and comprehensively deconstruct texts (visual, auditory, and/or written) to uncover hidden meanings; to discern points of view that shape texts, and to make connections between the texts, their personal experiences, and other related texts.
  2. Construct and articulate new ways of looking at and responding to accepted ideas and paradigms.
  3. Participate in a continuous and recursive cycle of learning that begins in immersion continues with retrospection, revision and modification.
  4. Use technology as a problem-solving tool to gather, organize and analyze information.

Standard 4: Creativity


Candidates conceptualize, design, and develop imaginative and innovative work.

  1. Conceptualize and implement multiple strategies of teaching and learning.
  2. Develop learning materials and lessons that utilize their imaginative capacities.
  3. Create innovations in teaching and learning.
  4. View technology as a path to new and effective ways of teaching and learning.
  5. Value and promote innovative and imaginative thinking in students.

Standard 5: Professionalism


Candidates adopt a reflective practitioner stance toward teaching, learning, and collaboration with parents, colleagues and students that embraces inquiry, reciprocity and critique.

  1. Modify instruction to meet needs of learners.
  2. Transmit ideas and concepts clearly in oral and written forms.
  3. Use technology and other media to enhance learning.
  4. Use a variety of teaching techniques.
  5. Use technology as a tool for teaching and learning.
  6. Use questioning strategies that stimulate student thought and participation.
  7. Design and apply various means of assessing students’ learning and knowledge.
  8. Demonstrate openness to learning and growing as a professional.
  9. Understand the ethical, legal, social, and human issues that comprise their professional bailiwick.

Standard 6: Effective Communication


Candidates speak and write in appropriate registers depending on audiences and purposes and demonstrate comprehensive fluency in numeracy.

  1. Use and apply Standard Written English and “Dominant” dialects where appropriate and code switch from standardized or dominant forms to other forms of English when appropriate.
  2. Use technology as an efficient and innovative means of communication.
  3. Read and write a variety of texts from various disciplines and in a variety of registers for multiple purposes.
  4. Apply basic mathematical concepts to everyday situations.
  5. Demonstrate and understand the connections between concepts and algorithms.

Standard 7: Collaboration


Candidates work effectively with other constituencies by seeking out others’ ideas, valuing multiple points of view, and building cooperative relationships

  1. Initiate cooperative learning activities and act as an active facilitator.
  2. Work effectively with parents, cooperating teachers, peers, administrators, and members of the community.
  3. Use technology as a tool to share, analyze and synthesize ideas.
  4. Seek out others for assistance and for building projects together.
  5. Value others’ ideas and other points of view and recognize that there is power in combining ideas.

Standard 8: Commitment and Care


Candidates practice social justice with others, believe that all children can learn, hold high expectations themselves, and carry out sustained commitment to teaching and learning

  1. Have high expectations and apply rigorous standards for all students.
  2. Interact in a just and fair manner, respecting and valuing the diversity of students and their particular talents and abilities.
  3. Inspire and challenge students to excel.
  4. Recognize technology as a source of continuous education.
  5. Treat students as individuals and validate their knowledge and experiences.
  6. Involve themselves in life-long learning activities and opportunities across various contexts and settings.
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