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K-12 Professionals

Charlotte Danielson’s A Framework For Teaching

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Graded

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, defines teachers’ responsibilities, which for education consultant and expert presenter Danielson fall into four domains: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Through lectures, classroom observations, and vigorous panel discussions, educators work through how to use the Framework to scrutinize and strengthen classroom teaching practices to improve student learning. Danielson and her panel assess classroom footage for strengths and weaknesses in each domain. At various intervals, participants pause to consider their experiences before and after they hear the panel members describe theirs. Educators then begin to assess their practice through Danielson’s detailed levels of performance and through the ongoing task of self-reflection. Punctuated by worksheets, activities, and study guides, the course prepares educators to use the Framework to become their best professional selves.


  • After completing this course, educators will know:
  • A comprehensive overview of A Framework for Teaching.
  • What an exceptional classroom should look like.
  • The Framework’s structure of domains, components, and elements.
  • Distinctions between domains.
  • Shifts in classroom environment and concerns.
  • The components of domain 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • The descriptors for levels of performance.
  • The uses of the levels of performance.
  • The potential misuses of the levels of performance.
  • The different types of curriculum outcomes.
  • The form and content of effective rubrics.
  • How to determine what their students need to learn and are learning.
  • The role of rubrics in domain 1.
  • Methods and means of self-reflection.
  • A sampling of local initiatives.
  • The relationship of initiatives to the Framework.
  • Teacher leaders’ and principals’ potential uses of the Framework.



About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi.  NOTE:  Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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