Framework for Teaching

The Framework for Teaching provides a common language and a shared understanding of effective teaching practice. This common understanding promotes deep professional conversation about teaching that is ultimately reflected in student learning.”

Charlotte Danielson

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What Is the Framework for Teaching?

Enhancing the Framework to Meet Changing Needs

A Partnership Forged in the MET Project

About Charlotte Danielson

As an economist living in Washington, D.C., Charlotte Danielson got to know the children in her neighborhood and saw firsthand how her local schools struggled. She began working toward her teaching credential at night, and soon left her research position to teach in the District's public school system.

Later, after serving as a staff developer and curriculum director in the school system, Charlotte worked ETS to develop an assessment to license new teachers, which led to her development of the Framework for Teaching in 1996.

Architect of a Common Language

With a solid research-based foundation, the Framework for Teaching quickly gained acceptance among educators across the country and overseas as a comprehensive description of teaching practice.

Now an internationally recognized expert in designing improvement-focused teacher evaluation systems, Charlotte Danielson has incorporated years of research and feedback from educators to develop the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument.

This practical tool is designed to adapt to changing needs and the Common Core while remaining true to its original structure. The Evaluation Instrument is used not just for evaluations but also for mentoring, coaching, and professional development activities.

Advancing Teaching Effectiveness

Charlotte Danielson and Teachscape first teamed together during the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project in 2009. In the MET project, when they worked with ETS to jointly develop a rater training and certification system for over 500 raters nationwide to reliably score over 23,000 classroom lessons captured on video.

It became clear that there was a great need in schools and districts for the kinds of tools developed for the MET project, so Teachscape, Charlotte Danielson, and ETS leveraged our experience to jointly develop:

  • The Teachscape Focus observation training and assessment system, used to train and assess educators on using the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument for accurate observations, rich professional conversations, and reflective practice
  • The Teachscape Reflect observation and evaluation management system, used for customized evaluations, in-classroom and video-based observations, and classroom walkthroughs.

Available Exclusively Through Teachscape

Because of our commitment to providing a tool set that faithfully implements the Framework as part of a constructive, reflective evaluation process, Charlotte Danielson granted Teachscape the exclusive digital rights to the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, 2011 and 2013 Editions.

While any version of the Framework For Teaching Evaluation Instrument may be freely downloaded and printed for use in paper form, Charlotte Danielson’s exclusive license grant to Teachscape means that Teachscape’s software products are the only ones authorized for use with the Evaluation Instrument.

Teachscape is honored to join with Charlotte Danielson in this important work, and is committed to our shared understanding of the importance of this work to enhance teaching practice.