Conceptual Framework

Summary

Visual Representation of CU Conceptual Framework
The Department of Education at Cameron University is dedicated to producing COMPETENT, CARING, and COMMITTED educators who can successfully work with diverse students.

Dispositions with Indicators

COMPETENT

Values subject matter

  • Demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for content area
  • Demonstrates continued learning in the content area


Appreciates multiple teaching strategies

  • Recognizes multiple delivery methods for content
  • Is willing to use OR is familiar with technology
  • Is willing to involve others in the teaching process


Uses fair and consistent practices

  • Does not show bias when working with others
  • Exhibits good sportsmanship
  • Demonstrates good leadership skills

CARING

Exhibits a belief that all students can learn

  • Verbalizes philosophy that all students can learn
  • Provides equitable experiences for everyone involved
  • Does not discriminate
  • Is able to verbalize any of the following: multiple intelligences, learning styles, No Child Left Behind, etc.


Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills

  • Respects divergent views
  • Easily communicates ideas to others
  • Works cooperatively with others
  • Is willing to listen to others’ ideas


Is sensitive to student needs

  • Shows willingness to help others
  • Shows flexibility when appropriate
  • Takes on extra duties to help others

COMMITTED

Demonstrates professionalism

  • Speaks and writes standard English
  • Is punctual
  • Dresses professionally
  • Manages time and resources appropriately
  • Works collaboratively with parents, students, and other professionals or colleagues


Is a reflective decision-maker

  • Exhibits critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • Provides a rationale for decisions
  • Reviews and revises decisions based on evidence


Is dedicated to the profession

  • Takes advantage of professional growth opportunities
  • Is a member of a professional or community organization
  • Volunteers in the school or community

Core Beliefs

  1. An effective educator uses knowledge of human development and learning, combined with knowledge of pedagogy and content, to best support learning for all students.
  2. An effective educator uses formal and informal assessment to evaluate student learning and modifies instruction as needed so that all students can learn.
  3. An effective educator engages students in critical thinking and problem solving.
  4. An effective educator plans instruction based on student needs, curriculum goals and standards, and community needs and in response to diversity.
  5. An effective educator creates learning environments that promote fairness, positive social interactions, active learning, and motivation so that students will have a high level of engagement.
  6. An effective educator is skilled in verbal, nonverbal, and written communication in order to clearly communicate with students, families, colleagues, and the community.
  7. An effective educator is able to think critically and solve problems and uses technology to enhance instruction.
  8. An effective educator is a reflective, life-long learner who seeks out professional development resources and opportunities, collaborates with others, is willing to change as needed, and maintains a high level of professionalism.

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Contact Information

Nance Boyer, Room 1078
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
580.581.2320 Voice
580.581.2865 Fax
jdennis@cameron.edu