As depicted in the graphic below, an EAD teacher draws on six core principles that are connected sequentially.
Being an EAD teacher starts with a dispositional shift to expect and support success in civic life from all students and also to commit to continuous improvement in both teaching and learning. The next step consists of establishing norms and cultivating a community where rigorous and challenging topics and questions can be explored deeply and courageously. Once these conditions are achieved, an inquiry process can draw on any of a number of instructional techniques. Content and concept learning through the inquiry process should be solidified by student engagement in practices of constitutional democracy both within the classroom and in the community. In this framework, the cycle of development for an EAD teacher starts with a commitment to serve all students well and ends with affirmation of that commitment through use of formative assessment and information from assessments for self-reflection and refinement of pedagogy.