As we move forward this year, I think it is imperative that we understand and implement this research. We can use these points to help set your own professional learning goals around improving student learning.
A research synthesis for NCCTQ (Goe, Bell, & Little, 2008) breaks down teacher effectiveness into five points:
- Effective teachers have high expectations for all students and help them learn, as demonstrated on value-added, test-based, or alternative measures.
- Effective teachers contribute to positive academic, attitudinal, and social outcomes for students such as regular attendance, on-time promotion to the next grade and graduation, self-efficacy, and cooperative behavior.
- Effective teachers use diverse resources to plan and structure engaging learning opportunities; monitor student progress formatively, adapting instruction as needed; and evaluate learning using multiple sources of evidence.
- Effective teachers contribute to the development of classrooms and schools that value diversity and civic-mindedness.
- Effective teachers collaborate with other teachers, administrators, parents, and education professionals to ensure students’ success, particularly the success of students with special needs and those at high risk of failure.
These teacher factors also align with a vision of whole child education, one in which students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.