Professional Practice


The Heart of Teaching and Learning

The CPS Framework for Teaching is a modified version of Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching. According to The Danielson Group, "The Framework may be used as the foundation of a school or district's mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation processes, thus linking all those activities together and helping teachers become more thoughtful practitioners."

The CPS Framework for Teaching was modified in collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union and Charlotte Danielson to include the shifts in teaching practice required by the Common Core State Standards.

The CPS Framework for Teaching organizes the work of classroom teachers into four domains. The four domains are described in the visual above.

In addition to the CPS Framework for Teaching, these are the seven CPS Frameworks that measure professional practice for non-classroom educators:

  • School Counselor
  • Teacher-Librarians
  • Educational Support Specialists
  • School Nursing
  • School Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • School Psychology

The CPS Framework for Teaching guides teacher practice inside and outside the classroom. School-based leadership, principals and assistant principals, are Illinois State Board of Education-certified evaluators, and they manage all observations for their staff.

There are two types of observations:

  • A Formal Observation is a pre-planned classroom visit that lasts for an entire class period or lesson. The educator and evaluator meet before and after the observation to talk about the educator's planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities outside the classroom. During the visit, evaluators collect evidence about the classroom environment and instruction. A Formal Observation produces ratings in all four CPS Framework for Teaching domains.
  • An Informal Observation is an unannounced visit and lasts at least 15 minutes. During the visit, the evaluator collects evidence about the classroom environment and instruction. An Informal Observation produces ratings in only two CPS Framework for Teaching domains: classroom environment and instruction.

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