One area, instruction, was selected by the committee to be the first domain and set of standards that would be drafted for the State of Texas. Working individually and in small-groups, members provided input and recommendations for what standards in this domain should look like if they represent what teachers should know and be able to do well in the classroom.
The draft, Instructional Planning and Delivery, was submitted by the technical writers to TEA in mid-August and sent on to a national content center for review against four national teaching frameworks.
Two additional committee members joined the steering committee tasked with revising Texas' teacher standards. This brought the August on-site inaugural meeting to 100% participation with 21 members. Drawing on the body of research and information presented by the project's experts, the steering committee identified 14 areas of teacher practice, critical to effective teaching, that lead to student achievement. The committee collapsed these themes into five broad areas of teacher practice that impact teacher preparation, induction, mentoring, effectiveness, recruitment, and retention.