Defining quality for your school or community will give you a valuable outcome that everyone can work together to attain.

Carefully consider what characteristics of quality are important in your own work then, find ways to incorporate other perspectives from educators in your community as well as national standards.

In Dallas we developed a resource that has been evaluated, refined, and vetted through national research. It takes a comprehensive approach by focusing on six dimensions of quality teaching and learning. We invite you to use this tool if it is helpful.

These videos discuss the importance of setting concrete goals specific to your school or community's population and needs.

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Our work developing standards -- and refining them throughout our iterative creating quality processes -- resulted in the creation of the Six Dimensions of Quality Teaching and Learning. We invite you to incorporate the Six Dimensions in your efforts to define quality and encourage you to modify them to make them relevant to your school or community.

We encourage you to consider broad ideas of quality which span disciplines and settings. If your process includes exploration of multiple disciplines, remember to look at content and knowledge alongside climate, creative choice-making, dialogue, and other similar elements. Don’t get so caught up in the details of a subject area that you forget the big picture. 


“Give teachers a way to quantify what they’re doing so others can understand how they’re having an impact on their kids. Now I have the dialogue to tell the average person ‘this is the impact I’m making.’”

Monica Stansberry

Monica Stansberry

Education Specialist
Junior Players