The focus of the Complete Teacher™program is on the praxis of teaching, especially as it relates to the pre- and in-service preparation of teachers. In this regard a model was developed to provide a simplified representation of the major role areas in which teachers must, by the very nature of their job, have considerable skills. The model then served in the identification of desired teaching competencies; the selection of all training content and components; and the development of the Complete Teacher™ criterion-referenced delivery system.
A Complete Teacher can be thought of as being made up of several parts (playing several key roles). The drawing below is an attempt to identify these parts. Developed by New York University Professor Dr. Robert Swerdlow, it presents the profession with a model or simplified representation of the major role areas in which teachers must, by the very nature of their job, exhibit a high degree of competency.