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R277. Education, Administration.
Rule R277-530. Utah Effective Educator Standards.
As in effect on October 1, 2019
Table of Contents
- R277-530-1. Authority and Purpose.
- R277-530-2. Definitions.
- R277-530-3. Board Expectations for Effective Teaching, Educational Leadership, and Educational School Counselor Standards.
- R277-530-4. LEA Responsibilities for Effective Educator Standards.
- R277-530-5. Effective Teaching Standards.
- R277-530-6. Educational Leadership Standards.
- R277-530-7. Educational School Counselor Standards.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
(1) This rule is authorized by:
(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;
(b) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law; and
(c) Subsections 53E-3-501(1)(a)(i) and (ii), which require the Board to establish rules and minimum standards for the qualification and certification of educators and for required school administrative and supervisory services.
(2) The purpose of this rule is to establish:
(a) statewide effective teaching standards for Utah public education teachers;
(b) statewide educational leadership standards for Utah public education administrators; and
(c) statewide educational school counselor standards for Utah public education school counselors.
(1) "Educator" means an individual licensed by the Board under Section 53E-6-102(8).
(2) "School administrator" means an educator serving in a position that requires a Utah Educator License with an Educator Leadership license area of concentration and who supervises Level 2 educators.
(3) "The Utah Effective Educator Standards" means:
(a) the Effective Teaching Standards described in R277-530-5;
(b) the Educational Leadership Standards described in R277-530-6; and
(c) the Educational School Counselor Standards described in R277-530-7.
R277-530-3. Board Expectations for Effective Teaching, Educational Leadership, and Educational School Counselor Standards.
(1) The Board hereby establishes the Effective Educator Standards as the foundation of educator development, which includes:
(a) alignment of teacher and school administrator preparation programs;
(b) expectations for licensure; and
(c) the screening, hiring, induction, and mentoring of beginning teachers, school administrators, and other licensed educators.
(2) The Board uses the Effective Educator Standards to direct and ensure the implementation of Utah's Core Standards.
(3) The Board relies on the Effective Educator Standards as the basis for an evaluation system and tiered-licensing system.
(4) The Board's model educator assessment system, for use by LEAs, is based on the Effective Educator Standards.
(5) The Board provides resources, including professional learning, which assist LEAs in integrating the Effective Educator Standards into educator practices.
(1) An LEA shall develop policies to support educators, school administrators, and school counselors in implementation of the Effective Educator Standards.
(2) An LEA shall develop professional learning experiences and professional learning plans for relicensure using the Effective Educator Standards to assess educator progress toward implementation of the standards.
(3) An LEA shall adopt formative and summative educator assessment systems based on the Effective Educator Standards to facilitate educator growth toward expert practice.
(4) An LEA shall use the Effective Educator Standards as a basis for the development of a collaborative professional culture to facilitate student learning.
(5) An LEA shall implement induction and mentoring activities for beginning teachers and school administrators that support implementation of the Effective Educator Standards.
(1) The Effective Teaching Standards focus on the high-leverage concepts of:
(a) personalized learning for diverse learners;
(b) a strong focus on application of knowledge and skills;
(c) improved assessment literacy;
(d) a collaborative professional culture; and
(e) leadership roles for teachers.
(2) Utah educators shall demonstrate the following skills and work functions designated in the following ten standards:
(a) Learner Development - An educator understands cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas of student development;
(b) Learning Differences - An educator understands individual learner differences and cultural and linguistic diversity;
(c) Learning Environments - An educator works with learners to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation;
(d) Content Knowledge - An educator understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline;
(e) Assessment - An educator 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;
(f) Instructional Planning - An educator plans instruction to support students in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, core curriculum standards, instructional best practices, and the community context;
(g) Instructional Strategies - An educator 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;
(h) Reflection and Continuous Growth - An educator is a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner;
(i) Leadership and Collaboration - An educator 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; and
(j) Professional and Ethical Behavior - An educator demonstrates the highest standards of legal, moral, and ethical conduct as required in the Utah Educator Professional Standards described in Rule R277-515.
(1)(a) The Board expects that school administrators shall meet the standards of effective teaching and have the knowledge and skills to guide and supervise the work of educators, lead the school learning community, and manage the school's learning environment in order to provide effective, high quality instruction to all of Utah's students.
(b) The Educational Leadership Standards focus on:
(i) visionary leadership;
(ii) advocacy for high levels of student learning;
(iii) leading professional learning communities; and
(iv) the facilitation of school and community collaboration.
(2) In addition to meeting the standards of an effective teacher, school administrators shall demonstrate the following traits, skills, and work functions designated in the following six standards:
(a) Visionary Leadership - A school administrator promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is largely shared and supported by stakeholders;
(b) Teaching and Learning - A school administrator promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school focused on teaching and learning conducive to student, faculty, and staff growth;
(c) Management for Learning - A school administrator promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment;
(d) Community Collaboration - A school administrator promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty, staff, parents, and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources;
(e) Ethical Leadership - A school administrator promotes the success of every student by acting with, and ensuring a system of, integrity, fairness, equity, and ethical behavior; and
(f) Systems Leadership - A school administrator promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the interrelated systems of political, social, economic, legal, policy, and cultural contexts affecting education.
In addition to meeting the Effective Teaching Standards described in Section R277-530-5 and the Educational Leadership Standards described in Section R277-530-6, an educational school counselor shall demonstrate the following traits, skills, and work functions designated in the following seven standards:
(1) Collaboration, Leadership and Advocacy - An educational school counselor 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;
(2) Collaborative Classroom Instruction - An educational school counselor delivers a developmental and sequential guidance curriculum prioritized according to the results of the school needs assessment;
(3) The Plan for College and Career Readiness Process - An educational school counselor implements the individual planning component by guiding individuals and groups of students and their parents or guardians through the development of educational and career plans;
(4) Systemic Approach to Dropout Prevention with Social and Emotional Supports - An educational school counselor provides responsive services through the effective use of individual and small-group counseling, consultation and referral skills and implements programs for student support in dropout prevention;
(5) Data-Driven Accountability and Program Evaluation - An educational school counselor collects and analyzes data to guide program direction and emphasis;
(6) Systemic School Counseling Program Management - An educational school counselor is involved in management activities that establish, maintain and enhance the total school counseling program; and
(7) Professional and Ethical Behavior - An educational school counselor demonstrates the highest standard of legal, moral and ethical conduct, as required in the Utah Educator Professional Standards described in R277-515.
educators, effectiveness, leadership, standards
October 11, 2016
August 15, 2016
Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-501(1)(a)(i) and (ii); 53E-3-401(4)
For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.