The current California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) have been in effect since 2009, and educators have been implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for years. Until now, though, there hasn’t been a research-based tool designed specifically to view both the CCSS and CSTP in instructional practice.
Introducing The Strategic Observation and Reflection (SOAR) for Literacy Teaching Frames™, a rubric addressing specific learning needs of California students and designed to support the collaborative and holistic vision of teaching encapsulated in the CSTP. Based on six years of research, SOAR Teaching Frames help educators articulate high-impact teaching practices tied to the CCSS, provide language for fostering professional growth of teachers, and measure progress toward the CSTP and other national teaching standards.
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Frontline Professional Growth for SOAR features rigorous training, evidence-gathering practice, and calibration exercises that help contextualize the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) in teaching practice.
Designed for all educators implementing the CCSS, Frontline Professional Growth for SOAR helps districts develop a common understanding of high-impact instructional practice. Anyone can leverage Frontline Professional Growth for SOAR to contextualize the CCSS in everyday instruction and improve student learning.
Instructional coaches use Frontline Professional Growth to provide feedback and guide professional learning
Teachers use it for self-assessment and peer-observations
Frontline Professional Growth for SOAR deepens instructional leaders’ skills and knowledge of the SOAR Frames
Training on all 10 SOAR high-leverage teaching practices
Video-based practice activities on gathering evidence for all 21 elements of the rubric
Video-based calibration exercises for each SOAR Frame
The SOAR Literacy Frames and associated rubrics were developed by a team of researchers led by Susan P. O’Hara, from UC Davis School of Education, REEd, and Robert Pritchard, from EPF for teaching. This team worked with stakeholders across California, including teacher leaders, administrators, literacy experts, education researchers and more.
Framing Teaching for Common Core Literacy Standards
Description of Essential Practice Frames™