Volusia System for Empowering Teachers

     The Framework for Teaching is a research-based set of components of instruction, aligned to the INTASC standards, and grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching. In this framework, the complex activity of teaching is divided into 22 components clustered into four domains of teaching responsibility: planning and preparation.      (Domain 1), classroom environment (Domain 2), instruction (Domain 3), and professional responsibilities (Domain 4). Each component defines a distinct aspect of a domain; two to five elements describe a specific feature of a component. Levels of teaching performance (rubrics) describe each component and provide a roadmap for improvement of teaching.The Framework may be used for many purposes, but its full value is realized as the foundation for professional conversations among practitioners as they seek to enhance their skill in the complex task of teaching. 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 (Danielson, 2011).


Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching


Volusia System for Empowering Teachers


Professional Growth Plan

  • Data driven- student and teacher
  • Individualized
  • Based on Danielson Components
  • Differentiated- Individual, Monitored, Directed
  • Focuses on changing/improving professional practice

 Support Tools

  • PD 360
  • Learning Bridges
  • Educational Impact
  • Volusia PD Resources

Framework for Teaching

These forms specifically connect practices to research and evidence of student learning.

  • Pre-Observation- Conference Planning Form
  • Observation Evidence Form
  • Walk- Through
  • Self- Reflection
  • Post- Observation Conference
  • Final Evaluation

Observable Behaviors are documented through "On Stage" Domains 2 and 3

Domain 2 - The Classroom Environment - 20%

5.0% Creating an environment of respect and rapport

5.0% Establishing a culture for learning

3.0% Managing classroom procedures

4.0% Managing student behavior

3.0% Organizing physical space

Domain 3 -Instruction - 40%

5.0% Communicating with students

10.0% Using questioning and discussion techniques

10.0% Engaging students in learning

10.0% Using assessment in instruction

5.0% Demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness

9 Power Components

1c) Setting Instructional Outcomes

1f) Designing Student Assessments

2a) Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport

2b) Establishing a Culture for Learning

3b) Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques

3c) Engaging Students in Learning

3d) Using Assessment in Instruction

4a) Reflecting on Teaching

4b) Maintaining Accurate Records


PAR- Peer Assistance and Review

To provide support for teacher development and improvement in the delivery of instruction and evaluating participating teacher performance.

  • Supports teachers in data analysis
  • Assists teachers in development of the Professional Growth Plan
  • Observes instruction, demonstrates teaching techniques
  • Evaluate teachers, using framework matrices and evaluation tools
  • Works collaboratively with teachers, administrators, program supervisor