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The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument

Charlotte Danielson, a globally renowned expert in crafting teacher evaluation systems, has distilled years of research and educator input into the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument.  

Shared understanding of
effective teaching

The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument provides a shared understanding of effective teaching. The tool boosts confidence in the observation process for both teachers and observers, and serves not just for evaluations but also for mentoring, coaching, and professional development. Having this common language through the tool facilitates constructive conversations, promoting actionable insights for professional growth.  

Onsite Training and Consultation

The Danielson Group offers targeted, customized, face-to-face professional development workshops to strengthen use of the Framework for Teaching; and consulting services around observation and professional learning program design. For more information, please contact The Danielson Group here.

Manage the Entire Process

Frontline Professional Growth effectively manages every component of the evaluation process, including self-reflection and goal setting, in-class observations, student learning objectives and growth data.

Co-construct Evaluations

Frontline Professional Growth supports collaborative, co-constructed evaluations incorporating the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument.


Charlotte Danielson condensed the “big ideas” of the Framework for Teaching (FFT) into a practical tool called Clusters. This serves as a foundation for teachers’ professional growth through self-reflection and discussions with colleagues, mentors, coaches, and supervisors. The three versions include Math Clusters, English Language Arts (ELA) Clusters, and Generic Clusters. 

2022 edition features

  • Clear language for ease of use and scoring/accuracy in assessment 
  • Allows observers and teachers to collaborate on precise, actionable reflection. 
  • Provides critical attributes and possible examples for each component and level of performance 
  • Makes explicit the instructional implications of the Common Core State Standards. 

Danielson Rubric

A deepened relationship with the Danielson Group, pioneers in advancing the principles of the Framework for Teaching, now provides Frontline the ability to offer Professional Growth clients the new 2022 Rubric and training content with assessments. Additionally, the existing 2011/2013 Danielson Rubric offered by Frontline has been updated to include the latest teaching courses and assessments. 

Available through Frontline 

Charlotte Danielson has given Frontline digital rights to the 2013 and 2022 Editions of the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument. While these versions can be freely downloaded and printed for individual use in paper form, this license means that Frontline products are authorized for use with the 2013 and 2022 Evaluation Instrument.* 

Digital Training on the Framework

Increase reliability and accuracy in identifying and scoring evidence of teaching practice according to the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument.

Practice Scoring

Prepare observers for real-world classroom observations by viewing and scoring videos of authentic classroom lessons.

Assess Observer Proficiency

Establish trust and confidence in observers’ understanding of the Framework for Teaching and ability to score teaching practice accurately.

Calibrate Observers

Eliminate rater drift while deepening fluency in the Framework for Teaching, and ensure ongoing observer accuracy. 

*Frontline has a license to use the 2011 and 2013 Editions of the Danielson Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument in connection with any software, electronic, online, or other digital media product or service. Such license does not extend to PDF files, Excel spreadsheets (and equivalents), Word documents (and equivalents), PowerPoint presentations (and equivalents), e-books, webinars, and lectures (whether or not electronic). 

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