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Unlock the Danielson Teacher Portfolio:  Discover what evidence you need for each domain, how to present, and what you need to rock your next evaluation.
Your administrator has just wrapped up a staff meeting letting everyone know that this year they will be using the Danielson Method to evaluate you. As part of this process, you will need to create a portfolio of evidence for each of the domains. The portfolio will be due in March so that the administrative team has time to review and assess the evidence you have collected and presented.

End of meeting.

You walk out of there with a piece of paper with the name of the four domains and some vague information about it. You are left with more questions than answers. This is what will determine if you are a good teacher this year or not. No pressure, right?

Wrong! You are overwhelmed and have no idea where to begin. Your current portfolio is not set-up for this. Your to-do list is daunting and this was only one of multiple things piled on. You don’t have time to be labeled a bad teacher, to go through countless hours of additional training on top of your normal tasks, and financially you need that raise.

You walk down the halls quietly whispering with co-workers about how you are all going to handle this. Each one is going to research a domain. We will meet back tomorrow to see what we can come up with

What is the Danielson Method?

The Framework for Teaching developed by the Danielson Group is aligned to the INTASC Standards and based upon the Constructivist Theory of Education. It was designed as a model to promote professional discussions, professional development, and mentoring.

The purpose of using this framework as an evaluation tool is highly debated. Some state that was never the purpose nor should it be used for evaluations. Many others disagree and state that is exactly why it was created. Regardless of the intended purpose many districts have viewed its 4 levels of competency as a rubric and thus are using it as such. In 2013, an official evaluation tool was released.

The Danielson Method (as it is commonly referred) is made up of 22 components broken up into 4 domains. These domains do provide some overlap as what occurs in the classroom affects other areas. Depending upon who is completing your evaluation, one item maybe evaluated in multiple domains or your evaluator may specify where a certain item goes. Make sure you check with your evaluator to know how this will be handled for you.

What are Framework Clusters?

 

The research on the Danielson Method has continued. The Framework for Teaching Clusters (FFT Clusters) dives deeper into certain subjects (Math, ELA, and Smart Card) and creates a framework that is specific to that subject. There is still a general FFT which is what we will be using to gather the evidence for our portfolios.

Domain 1: Planning &

Preparation

 

There are 6 different components for this domain that you will need to gather evidence for: 1A – Content & Pedagogy, 1B – Knowledge of Students, 1C – Instructional Outcomins, 1D – Knowledge of Resources, 1E – Designing Instruction, and 1F – Student Assessments.

I have broken this down into 4 key areas that will cover all of these topics. Your Evidence Includes:

Family Communication

  • Parent-Teacher Conference Documents & Notes
  • Phone Logs
  • Progress Reports & Report Cards
  • Class Newsletters
  • Emails, Websites, Text messages, & App Messages
  • Parent Surveys
  • Student Handbooks
  • Class Rules/Expectations & Class Procedures
Staff Communication

  • Phone Logs
  • Emails
  • Meeting Logs (grade level, team, staff, supervisor, & mentor)
  • Observations, Walk Throughs, & Prior Evaluations
  • IEP Forms (Submitted/In Progress, Read, & Completed)
  • Reports
  • School Visits
Teacher Leadership

  • Lesson Plans (Daily, Weekly, Yearly, & Unit)
  • Journals, Interactive Notebooks, & Student Work Samples
  • List of Committees & Log of your activities
  • Mission, Vision, & Values Statements
  • School Improvement Plan
  • Attendance Log for Staff Meeting
  • Formal & Informal Mentor logs
  • Coaching
  • Staff Development Lead/Participated in
  • Student Surveys
  • Details on how you build positive relationships
  • Grant Writing (Proposals & Awards List)
Self Reflection

  • Attendance Log for Conferences/Professional Development
  • Professional Reflection Journal
  • List of Professional Materials Read
  • List of Curriculum Written or Edited
  • List of Teacher Created Resources including PowerPoints, Podcasts, Videos, & Assessments
  • Analysis of lesson plans
  • Analysis of yearly goals
  • Future Plans for Professional Growth Statement
  • Professional Website for Colleagues

Domain 2: Classroom

Environment

 

There are 5 different components for this domain that you will need to gather evidence for: 2a – Respect & Rapport, 2B – Culture of Learning, 2C – Procedures, 2D – Managing Behaviors, and 2E – Organizing your space.

Your Evidence for this domain includes the following three areas:

Physical Environment

  • Bulletin Boards
  • Seating Chart
  • Photographs of Classroom
  • Inspirational Posters
  • Map of Room with flow of movement showing

Classroom Management

  • Displayed Class Rules
  • Organizational Procedures
  • Behavioral Procedures
  • Artifacts Showing Classroom Management
  • Research pertaining to your Classroom Management Procedures

Student Connections

  • Photos of Displayed Students Work
  • Class Contract
  • Behavioral Charts

Domain 3: Instruction

 

There are 5 different components for this domain that you will need to gather evidence for: 3A Communicating with students; 3B  Questioning & Discussion Techniques, 3C Engaging Students, 3D Assessments, and 3E Flexibility & Responsiveness.

Your evidence includes the 4 key areas outlined below: 

 

Engagement

  • Student Work Samples 
  • Student Projects
  • Student Labs
  • Homework with Time Constraints Listed
  • Essays
  • Book Reports
  • Classroom Walk Data
  • Group Work Activities
  • Independent Study Activities
  • Student Collaboration Examples
  • Student Leadership Examples

Communication

  • Guest Speakers
  • Newsletters
  • Student Profiles
  • Use of Technology
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Logs
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Documents 
  • Parent/Teacher Conference Presentation
  • Professional Development Attendance

Assessments

  • Quizzes
  • Exams
  • Rubrics
  • Peer Assessments
  • Standardized Test Data
  • Self-Assessments
  • Progress Monitoring Data
  • Formative Assessments
  • Summative Assessments

Responsiveness

  • IEP Accomdations
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Motivational Activities
  • Referral Data
  • Cultural Awareness Lessons
  • Contests Entered by Students with list of winners
  • Student Events Attended 

Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities

 

There are 6 different components for this domain that you will need to gather evidence for: 4A Reflection, 4B Records, 4C Communication with Families, 4D Professional Community, 4E Growing Professionally, and 4E Professionalism

Your evidence includes the 4 key areas below: 

Family Communication

  • Parent-Teacher Conference Documents & Notes
  • Phone Logs
  • Progress Reports & Report Cards
  • Class Newsletters
  • Emails, Websites, Text messages, & App Messages
  • Parent Surveys
  • Student Handbooks
  • Class Rules/Expectations & Class Procedures

Records

  • Photos of Displayed Students Work
  • Class Contract
  • Behavioral Charts

School Community

  • Photos of Displayed Students Work
  • Class Contract
  • Behavioral Charts

Professional Development

  • Photos of Displayed Students Work
  • Class Contract
  • Behavioral Charts

If you have noticed, there is a lot of overlapping between the domains. It will vary depending upon your district how this information will be presented. For my district, if I had it in once it counted for multiple domains. A friend of mine had to make copies and place it under each domain for it to count, and a different friend had to have different items in every domain despite the overlap. 

When you are done, show us your portfolio. Use #teacherportfolios and leave us a comment below to which social media site we can find you on.