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Illinois Core Standards for Teachers

#1 Content Knowledge 
The teacher understands the central concepts, methods of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make the content meaningful to all students. 

#2 Human Development and Learning 
The teacher understands how individuals grow, develop, and learn and provides learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students. 

#3 Diversity 
The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners. 

#4 Planning for Instruction 
The teacher understands instructional planning and designs instruction based upon knowledge of
the discipline, students, the community, and curriculum goals. 

#5 Learning Environment 
The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning,
and self-motivation. 

#6 Instructional Delivery 
The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage studentsí development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. 

#7 Communication 
The teacher uses knowledge of effective written, verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom. 

#8 Assessment 
The teacher understands various formal and informal assessment strategies and uses them to support the continuous development of all students. 

#9 Collaborative Relationships 
The teacher understands the role of the community in education and develops and maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and the community to support
student learning and well-being. 

#10 Reflection and Professional Growth 
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates how choices and actions affect students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community and actively seeks
opportunities to grow professionally. 

#11 Professional Conduct 
The teacher understands education as a profession, maintains standards of professional conduct, and provides leadership to improve student learning and well-being.