My department sends a newsletter out each week to our staff and my focus is on instruction. For the next few weeks my focus is going to be on the Five Core Propositions and how they support all students.

As many of you know, I am a National Board Certified Teacher. The process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher was one of the most rewarding professional learning opportunities I pursued. As educators in our daily practice, we are often solely focused on our students and what they can do, and not on the impact WE have on our students. For the next few weeks, I would like to share with you the Five Core Propositions from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, and how shifting our lens to what we as educators do for students can move us towards our department mission “Growth for Every Student, Every Day/”

Please note: That while the focus of the Core Propositions is on teaching, regardless of your title from Director to SLP to Psychologist to Paraprofessional, we are all educators and how we interact with student’s learning and development impacts us all.

So, what are the Five Core Propositions?

The Five Core Propositions comes from “What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do” published by National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, known as “the What book.” Similar to medicine’s Hippocratic Oath, the Five Core Propositions are held in common by teachers of all grade levels and disciplines and underscore the accomplished teacher’s commitment to advancing student learning and achievement.

Five Core Propositions

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Teachers think systematically about their practices and learn from experience.
  • Teachers are members of learning communities.

I want you to notice who is first noted in each Proposition, Teachers. We have a direct impact on the learning and growth of every student. How we provide instruction, accommodations, referrals, evaluations, and most importantly advocate for our students, is the cornerstone of education and of teaching.

Over the next few weeks we will dive into each proposition and how our work as educators impact students and how we can grow each and every student. For more information checkout

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