Elements of Standards. The major components of each standard that are described in the rubrics and explana¬tions that accompany the standards. Board of Examiners teams will look for evidence that the unit and its programs address the elements.
Ethnicity. Physical and cultural characteristics that make a social group distinctive. These may include, but are not limited to national origin, ancestry, language, shared history, traditions, values, and symbols-all of which con-tribute to a sense of distinctiveness among members of the group.
Exceptional Expertise. Skill or knowledge surpassing what is common, usual, or expected, as a result of experience or training. Refers to professional education faculty who may not have a doctorate but who possess outstanding knowledge and skills that bring conceptual understanding and real-world sensitivities to teaching in the unit. Exam¬ples include teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and former school superin¬tendents who have been recognized for outstanding service.
Exceptionalities. Physical, mental, or emotional conditions, including gifted/talented abilities, that require indi¬vidualized instruction and/or other educational support or services.