Professional Qualities & Instructional Responsibilities for Licensed Professionals
Updated Summer 2012

Instructional Responsibilities for the 21st Century

Section A:  Preparation and Organization of Instructional Plans

  1. Utilizes SOL blueprints to plan for instruction
  2. Develops long- and short-range objectives that incorporate HCPS curricular standards
  3. Coordinates plans with grade-level or content-area colleagues and with appropriate school personnel
  4. Evaluates student materials for reading level or other indicators of appropriateness
  5. Follows pacing schedule for instruction
  6. Works toward implementation of Continuous School Improvement Plan
  7. Plans instruction to meet school needs based on data analysis
  8. Provides clear and appropriate lesson plans, including substitute/emergency plans

Section B: Implementation of Instructional Objectives

  1. Communicates learning objectives that reflect the Virginia SOLs and the Henrico Essentials of the Curriculum
  2. Gives clear directions and assignments
  3. Encourages student questions and participation
  4. Conducts lessons clearly and logically and paces instruction so that stated curriculum is taught
  5. Makes effective use of instructional time

Section C: Management of Learning Environment

  1. Provides well-organized learning activities that are relevant for students
  2. Establishes and clearly communicates standards for student behavior using the Code of Conduct as a teaching tool
  3. Ensures that materials and information can be read, seen, or heard by all students
  4. Maintains a safe and healthy learning environment
  5. Instills respect for school property and the property of others
  6. Addresses disruptions in a timely and effective manner
  7. Disciplines students according to school division policies and legal requirements as outlined in the Code of Conduct

Section D: Instructional Techniques and Strategies

  1. Uses data analysis to drive instructional planning
  2. Provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning
  3. Presents information accurately and clearly
  4. Responds to questions with accurate information
  5. Provides opportunities for students to use a variety of sources to locate and evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information to support their learning, and construct new knowledge
  6. Provides opportunities to use critical thinking and problem solving strategies
  7. Uses a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies to engage students in their learning
  8. Plans for differentiated delivery of instruction
  9. Utilizes teaching resources and instructional tools provided, including technology
  10. Provides opportunities for students to demonstrate creative thinking and develop innovative products and processes using technology
  11. Provides opportunities for students to locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

Section E: Assessment of Student Achievement

  1. Follows district guidelines and timelines for formal and informal assessment instruments
  2. Prepares and administers ongoing student evaluation based on curriculum outlined in the HCPS Essentials of the Curriculum
  3. Uses a variety of assessments, in addition to multiple-choice formats, to monitor learning progress (These should include, but are not limited to, assignments and performance tasks, students projects and products, learning inventories, and systematic observations— all of which will apply learning.)
  4. Maintains and communicates assessment information to profile student progress
  5. Determines skills or knowledge already possessed by each student
  6. Keeps appropriate student records
  7. Provides frequent indicators of student progress to parents based on an analysis of data
  8. The work of the teacher results in acceptable, measurable, and appropriate student academic progress

Section F:  Utilization of Materials and Resources

  1. Uses a wide range of supplemental and instructional materials that reflect curriculum standards
  2. Consults effectively with resource personnel concerning appropriate materials and resources
  3. Keeps abreast of current educational research and utilizes best practices
  4. Evaluates and selects information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

Section G:  Provision for Individual Differences

  1. Differentiates instruction appropriate to varied student learning styles and levels
  2. Creates learning experiences that make subject matter meaningful for each student
  3. Provides reinforcement and enrichment using applicable resource materials
  4. Conducts individual student conferences regarding progress and contacts parents regularly concerning individual student progress based on analysis of data

Section H:  Favorable Learning Environment

  1. Demonstrates a caring attitude and displays a relationship of mutual respect with each student
  2. Responds to student questions or concerns in a positive, constructive manner
  3. Creates a supportive learning environment for all students that encourages social interaction, embraces diversity, promotes active engagement in learning, and fosters self-motivation

Section I: Technology Integration 

  1. Plans and designs authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources, maximizing content learning in context
  2. Uses technology to model and support managerial responsibilities
  3. Demonstrates and models for students a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations


Professional Qualities for the 21st Century

Section J: Compliance with School and School Division Policies

  1. Is familiar with the school division policy manual and applies this knowledge in dealing with students, colleagues, and parents
  2. Models and enforces the HCPS Code of Conduct at all times
  3. Complies with terms of teacher contract and Acceptable Use Policy for technology
  4. Meets requirements outlined in faculty handbook
  5. Understands the cultural, human, legal, and societal issues associated with technology and exhibits legal and ethical behavior

Section K:  Evidence of Professional Development

  1. Is knowledgeable of current educational practices and standards in a global digital society
  2. Continues to improve professional practice and knowledge of subject matter through professional learning experiences
  3. Participates in professional organizations and meets staff development and certification requirements that result in the enhancement of student learning
  4. Develops effective strategies and uses professional research to support student learning

Section L:  Judgment

  1.  Exercises self-control and remains calm in emergency situations
  2. Acts in the best interests of all students and demonstrates an understanding of the diverse needs of students
  3. Uses discretion in discussing student matters with parents and colleagues
  4. Requests and accepts assistance when needed
  5. Uses time effectively and efficiently
  6. Accepts responsibilities for making decisions
  7. Discusses problems and concerns with principal at an appropriate time and place
  8. Avoids conduct or situations contrary to good professional practice

Section M: Initiative

  1. Willingly participates in the total school program.
  2. Actively seeks opportunities to make contributions to the school beyond classroom duties
  3. Serves his/her discipline through county, state, and national organizations
  4. Responds to departmental needs, recognizes potential problems, and takes preventive measures
  5. Seeks new ways to accomplish educational objectives by experimenting with teaching techniques and suggesting new approaches

Section N:  Flexibility

  1. Willingly accepts and implements change.
  2. Modifies teaching approach to meet diverse student needs
  3. Adapts classroom procedures upon encountering interruptions
  4. Accepts responsibility for a variety of assignments as part of the total school program

Section O:  Model for Students

  1. Sets an example for students in such areas as conduct, honesty, fairness, and respect for self and others 
  2. Models punctuality, self-discipline, and organization for students
  3. Sets an example for students in personal grooming and overall professional appearance
  4. Demonstrates self-confidence while displaying professional attitudes in all areas of the school and community

Section P:  Cooperation with Total Staff

  1. Works cooperatively with all staff to meet the needs of the total school program
  2. Performs assigned duties, assists in class coverage, and actively participates on committee assignments
  3. Cooperatively plans with teachers in related areas and shares materials and ideas
  4. Supports extracurricular activities

Section Q:  Parent-Community Relations

  1. Actively and regularly participates in the school PTA/PTSA as determined by school leadership team 
  2. Recognizes community contributions of time, money, and effort in support of the total school
  3. Promptly and positively responds to all parental inquiries
  4. Initiates parent contacts regarding student progress
  5. Speaks positively regarding the community
  6. Works collaboratively with staff, families, and community resources to support the success of a diverse student population

Section R:  Communication Skills

  1. Expresses self in a clear, concise, and appropriate manner when speaking or writing
  2. Demonstrates active listening skills
  3. Maintains open communication with administrators, staff, parents, and students
  4. Initiates communication when addressing parent/student concerns
  5. Applies principles of standard English in written and oral communication

Section S:  Maintenance of Records and Reports

  1. Maintains accurate, easily interpreted electronic grade book
  2. Maintains accurate attendance and academic reports
  3. Handles routine reports promptly and efficiently
  4. Meets deadlines without reminders
  5. Documents parent contact and makes personal notes of significant conferences
  6. Maintains financial and student records according to school and School Board policies
  7. Uses available technology efficiently
  8. Documents individual student behavior and learning as needed for child study, IEP, 504

Section T:  Punctuality

  1. Adheres to contractual hours
  2. Arrives on time to classes, meetings, appointments, conferences, and duty assignments

Section U:  Attendance

  1. Is consistently available for performance of duties
  2. Provides proper advance notification for use of leave
  3. Uses leave in accordance with School Board policy

Section V:  Responsiveness to Supervision

  1. Shares concerns with supervisors and seeks help when needed
  2. Responds positively to feedback for improvement
  3. Works through proper channels in sharing both positive and negative concerns
  4. Follows school and departmental policies
  5. Displays a cooperative attitude
  6. Shows development in areas where need for improvement was indicated by evaluator(s)


The professional responsibilities and performance have been reviewed.




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