All Careers in Education programs will be expected to begin addressing the following competencies to guide their curriculum planning. The curriculum is aligned with the Career and Technical Education (CTE), 21st Century Skills, Washington State K-12 Learning (Common Core State Standards), Educators Rising, and Washington State Teacher Standards. For those Teacher Academies operating as a CTE program, as new CIE frameworks are submitted for approval, these competencies and the relevant standards will be required.
1. Healthy Learning Community
- Understand that establishing a healthy learning community is essential to supporting academic learning and social / emotional development and that management choices reflect beliefs.
- Draw on research, theory, observations and practice to develop and identify elements of /and strategies to promote a culturally responsive and productive learning community.
- Apply their definitions of a healthy learning community to cooperate with others, to establish, monitor and refine a healthy learning community in the high school and in practicum placements.
- Lay the foundation for reflective practice; observing, connecting, interpreting and applying lessons from experience to guide their own learning.
2. Culture & Identity
- Apply theories of culture, learning and development to better understand their own identity and that of peers, professionals, family members and future students.
- Explore their views of education through understanding their cultural identity and family history and highlight funds of knowledge and sociocultural context.
- Understand issues of bias and discrimination, and practice critical reflection to surface and address biases or assumptions that interfere with learning or teaching.
- Intentionally build relationships with professionals, peers, families and their students to support all students’ learning, agency and development of positive identity for all.
3. Educational Equity & Opportunity
- Understand that current commitment to equity and diversity as deeply connected to our democratic ideals and part of a long struggle for educational equity and opportunity.
- Apply knowledge of how schools are governed at federal, state, local, school and classroom levels to identify possible avenues of action to address a current issue in education.
4. Equity Pedagogy
- Apply concepts related to learner differences and development to understand and identify strategies to holistically support a student with whom they work.
- Apply ELL theory in practice using a variety of appropriate strategies to support academic and language development with ELL students.
- Identify and selectively apply the best practices for inclusion of children and adolescents with special needs.
- Select appropriate informal assessments and teaching strategies to inform the teaching cycle.
5. College Access
- Explore pathways to educational and career opportunities.
- Understand the financial tools available for college entrance and financial support.
- Understand how to capitalize on their own assets to develop applications for college and scholarships targeted to a specific audience.
- Understand how an educational plan that begins in high school and leads through higher education to a career in education and / or another field.