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Conceptual Framework

Conceptual Framework Standards

Our vision is for candidates who are passionate, lifelong learners, who genuinely care about all students, who understand human development, who have a deep knowledge of their disciplines, who have an effective range of instructional skills including a facility with technology, and who expect and support high achievement in their students. This vision is shared, articulated, and supported throughout the curriculum, in clinical experiences, and in the formative and summative assessments.

As reflective practitioners, candidates who graduate from Longwood University learn to practice the art of critical pedagogy and to conduct themselves professionally as instructional leaders by meeting the following conceptual framework standards:

CF Standard I: Content Knowledge

LU Educational Professionals possess an extensive working knowledge of the content of their profession and are able to deliver or assist in delivery of content in a manner that is consistent with best professional practices and that positively impacts student learning.

CF Standard II: Planning

LU Educational Professionals possess the ability to develop individual and group outcomes using appropriate techniques, strategies, technology, and available resources to meet state standards, other educational goals, and student needs.

CF Standard III: Learning Climate

LU Education Professionals are able to create for all students a positive and supportive environment that is conducive to learning, developmentally appropriate, and encourages mutual cooperation and respect.

CF Standard IV: Implementation/Management

LU Education Professionals design and use effective strategies that motivate students to have high expectations while encouraging critical thinking and creative problem solving.

CF Standard V: Evaluation/Assessment

LU Education Professionals use a variety of appropriate appraisal and evaluation methods to assess student learning and growth and to evaluate and improve on their professional practices.

CF Standard VI: Communication

LU Education Professionals possess the ability to communicate in a variety of contexts and with a variety of audiences, including students, parents, colleagues, and administrators, and value such communication as a means to provide opportunities for all students to grow and develop to their fullest potential.

CF Standard VII: Technology

LU Education Professionals utilize appropriate media, technology, and available resources for planning and implementing instruction, assessing and communicating learning results, and engaging students in instruction.

CF Standard VIII: Diversity

LU Education Professionals value diversity as an opportunity to enhance the learning of all students. They are deliberate in using what each child brings to the learning situation and facilitating learning experiences crafted to each student's learning needs. They also challenge students to reflect upon and transform their own beliefs about a diverse society as well as to challenge stereotypes and negative assumptions about diverse cultures, languages, economic resources, and abilities.

CF Standard IX: Professional Dispositions

LU Education Professionals demonstrate dispositions associated with the profession by their valuing of learning, personal integrity, diversity, collaboration, and professionalism.