Special Education: Severe Disabilities
1. Learner Development
The teacher understands cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and physical areas of student development.
2. Learning Differences
The teacher understands individual learner differences and cultural and linguistic diversity.
3. Learning Environments
The teacher works with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
4. Content Knowledge
The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline.
The teacher uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, monitor learner progress, guide planning and instruction, and determine whether the outcomes described in content standards have been met.
6. Instructional Planning
The teacher plans instruction to support students in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, Utah Core Standards, instructional best practices, and the community context.
7. Instructional Strategies
The teacher uses various instructional strategies to ensure that all learners develop a deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and build skills to apply and extend knowledge in meaningful ways.
8. Reflection and Continuous Growth
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.
9. Leadership and Collaboration
The teacher is a leader who engages collaboratively with learners, families, colleagues, and community members to build a shared vision and supportive professional culture focused on student growth and success.
10. Professional and Ethical Behavior
The teacher demonstrates the highest standard of legal, moral, and ethical conduct as specified in Utah State Board Rule R277-515.