Professional Learning Modules

Authored by veteran technical assistance providers and reviewed by experts, the GTL Center's Professional Learning Modules provide content-rich, train-the-trainer materials. The series focuses on high-need topics as identified through a review of the GTL Center's technical assistance requests.

Purpose. These modules are designed to build the knowledge and capacity of regional center and state education agency personnel as they design, implement, and use educator evaluation as a lever to improve educator performance and student outcomes.

Materials. Inclusive within these modules are the materials that trainers need in order to conduct the professional learning activities independently:

  • Facilitator's guide
  • Meeting agenda with recommended time allotments
  • Slide presentation
  • Professional learning activity handouts

Services.  The modules are designed to be adapted and customized to meet your state's context and needs. You can request copies of the materials in Microsoft Word format by e-mailing In addition, the GTL Center can provide the following services to support your use of these modules:

  • Provide online or in-person "train-the-trainer" work sessions with regional comprehensive center staff and state education agency teams.
  • Assist regional comprehensive center staff as they support the customization of these materials to ensure a good fit with state and local contexts.
Social and Emotional Learning in the Daily Life of Classrooms Social and Emotional Learning in the Daily Life of Classrooms

Shining a spotlight on the central role that social and emotional learning (SEL) plays in students’ college and career readiness, this module helps participants deepen their SEL knowledge and skills and strengthen connections between SEL, Common Core State Standards implementation, and teacher effectiveness reforms. 

Using Evaluation Data to Inform Professional Learning

Using Evaluation Data to Inform Professional Learning

Addressing a critical need in evaluation reform, this module helps participants use data gathered through performance evaluation to make effective decisions about professional learning. 

Creating Coherence

Creating Coherence: Connecting Teacher Evaluation and Support Systems to the Common Core

Offering a practical way to ensure coherent supports for teaching to the Common Core, this module can be used by state and regional technical assistance providers to facilitate work sessions that lead district teams through a collaborative, coherence-building process. 

Introduction to Student Learning Objectives

Introduction to Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

Designed as a blueprint for training, this module can be used by state leaders and regional center staff to support district-level staff who are new to SLOs and in the early stages of implementation.