Characteristics of Highly Effective Educators

Course #: EDDU 9335

Credit: 3 semester hours of Graduate credit from Brandman University

Cost: $400

Highly Effective Teachers - LoVerde Group

Course Description

In this class, we will thoroughly examine the 10 characteristics, skills and practices that research has identified as essential for a teacher to be highly effective in their classroom. Participants will be provided with a clear understanding of what it means to be effective in each area, as well as concrete examples of what effectiveness looks like at various grade levels.

Participants  will then identify  strategies and actions to self-assess, as well as seek feedback from stakeholders that may include students, parents, colleagues and school administration. These assessments will identify the teacher’s strengths and weaknesses in each of the 10 areas. 

Once they receive all the assessment data, they will select 2 characteristics, skills or practices  that the assessments indicated they can improve upon. They will research each of the  areas and determine what actions will help them improve most in each area. Participants will also determine measurable criteria by which they evaluate the impact each action had in improving their effectiveness in that area.

 After implementing each action, the participant will provide a thorough evaluation, using the measurement criteria as the basis for that evaluation. They will also provide evidence to support the evaluation.

 Their culminating reflection will require them to determine what actions they need to keep taking, as well as what new actions they need to take, to become the most effective educator they can be in the future. 


This course consists of 3 modules. Each module has a PowerPoint presentation that you will watch and then complete the accompanying worksheets.

You can choose to have each module sent to you as you complete it, or we can send you all of the modules at the same time.

You will have up to 6 months to complete the class. Credit for the class can’t be granted sooner than one month after registering even if you complete all the modules before that time.

Once you have completed the class, you will receive an email from Brandman University with your student account. It will have a login and password for you to be able to access your grades and request a transcript.

If you have any questions or concerns as you view the PowerPoints and complete the written work, please contact Emily LoVerde Berchier at:

Phone: (505) 333-9609

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