The Teaching Pathway is a teacher development framework that posits the notion that teachers develop their practice most efficiently by mastering teaching skills as defined progression and by mastering one set of skills at a time. The Teaching Pathway integrates concepts related to professionalism, teamwork, mindset, classroom culture, curriculum design, and responsive instruction. These concepts are broken into outcomes that a teacher creates in his or her classroom through the use of a variety of strategies. As a teacher progresses through the Teaching Pathway, the outcomes he or she can create in their classrooms increase in sophistication, complexity, and their impact on student achievement. For both new and experienced teachers, the Teaching Pathway transparently communicates the growth a teacher has already made in his or her practice and the areas in which a teacher can continue to grow and improve.
Teaching Pathway Reflections
“The teaching pathway has helped me develop as a teacher by giving me a clear vision of where I was in my teaching practice and where I wanted to go. It made coaching points feel much more tangible because I knew what teacher moves and action steps would be necessary to help me transition my practice to the next outcome. The transparency of the pathway helped me understand what needed to be done to further progress my practice and aided my ability to set goals for myself.”
“The teaching pathway has allowed me to push our team to think about teacher development in a timely, strategic way. We created our benchmarks based on our knowledge of teacher development, the present level of performance of our teachers, and what the ideal level of performance would be at the end of the year. I believe that these benchmarks and the pathway will, and already has begun to, revolutionize the way we coach at UP.”