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Missouri Teacher Standards:   Rationales   |   Continua   |   Evidence   |   Professional Experience

The Missouri Teacher Standards convey the expectations of performance for professional teachers in Missouri. The standards are based on teaching theory indicating that effective teachers are caring, reflective practitioners and life-long leaners who continuously acquire new knowledge and skills and are constantly seeking to improve their teaching practice to provide high academic achievement for all students. Thus, these standards recognize that teachers continuously develop knowledge and skills. Therefore, the Missouri Teacher Standards employ a developmental sequence to define a professional continuum that illustrates how a teacher's knowledge and skills mature and strenghten throughout a career. Teaching professionals are expected to supply good professional judgment and to use these standards to inform and improve their own practice.


Standard 1: Content Knowledge Aligned with Appropriate Instruction

The teacher understands the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful and engaging for all students. 


Standard 2: Student Learning, Growth, and Development

The teacher understands how students learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning. The teacher provides learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.


Standard 3: Curriculum Implementation

The teacher recognizes the importance of long-range planning and curriculum development. The teacher develops, implements, and evaluates curriculum based upon student, district, and state standards data.


Standard 4: Teaching for Critical Thinking

The teacher models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students, colleagues, and families to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.


Standard 5: Positive Classroom Environment

The teacher uses an understanding of individual/group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation.


Standard 6: Effective Communication

The teacher models effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques with students, colleagues, and families to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.


Standard 7: Student Assessment and Data Analysis

The teacher understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to assess the learner's progress and uses both classroom and standardized assessment data to plan ongoing instruction. The teacher monitors the performance of each student and devises instruction to enable students to grow, develop, and make adequate academic progress.


Standard 8: Professionalism

The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually assesses the effects of choices and actions on others. The teacher actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally in order to improve learning for all students.


Standard 9: Professional Collaboration

The teacher has effective working relationships with students, parents, school colleagues, and community members.



-- This information was captured from the DESE document in July 2013