Student Learning Objectives: Using SLOs to Improve Instruction and Advance Student Growth

Student Learning Objectives are carefully planned goals for your students' performance. In this course, educators will learn how to plan and implement SLOs in order to strengthen your practice and improve student learning.
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Updated on: February 12, 2019

SLOs? What are they? How do I use them in my classroom? Student Learning Objectives are carefully planned goals for your students’ performance and progress over a given time. Learn a process for planning and implementing SLOs to strengthen your practice and improve student learning. This course complements CTAC's face-to-face training and serves as training for K-12 teachers in districts implementing SLOs. “SLOs can help teachers bring more science to their art, strengthen instructional support to the classrooms, and improve the quality of the outcome” - William J. Slotnik. This course includes videos of authentic classroom practice, a coach to provide personalized feedback, and flexibility to engage with the content on your schedule.

  • Practical guidance from an expert on instructional coaching
  • Convenient, flexible online format
  • 45 PD hours or 3 graduate credits
Skills You'll Learn

In this course, you'll learn how to create SLOs and their benefits to teachers, students, and schools You will learn how and SLO is put together and how its parts form a cohesive goal for student learning, and the importance of identifying strategies that are appropriate to the specific learning content you want your students to master.

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About the Instructor

William Slotnik is the Founder and Executive Director of the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC). He has overseen the growth of CTAC into one of the nation’s foremost providers of technical assistance, evaluation services, and public policy support in the fields of education and community development.

CTAC annually assists more than 90 organizations, school districts and state departments of education. Under his leadership, CTAC introduced Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) nationally through a landmark partnership with the Denver Public Schools and Denver Classroom Teachers Association. CTAC has more than 16 years of experience serving as the nation’s leading technical assistance provider, practitioner, and evaluator of SLOs.

Mr. Slotnik has provided extensive assistance to state education agency leaders, superintendents, state and local boards of education, unions and leadership teams throughout the United States. He has guided and supported the development of replicable systems of assessment, evaluation, and accountability to determine the performance and effectiveness of school districts, school by school, classroom by classroom, teacher by teacher, and student by student. He has led technical assistance and evaluation initiatives nationally which address such issues as student learning objectives, teacher and administrator evaluation, systemic reform, compensation reform, professional development, state-to-school and state-to-district interventions, and transforming underperforming schools, as well as leadership development and organizational capacity in community-based organizations. He has been the lead or co-lead author of numerous evaluations (including It’s More Than Money, Catalyst for Change, and Pathway to Results, the first comprehensive, longitudinal evaluative studies of the impact of SLOs and performance-based systems on student achievement, teacher effectiveness and systems change) and articles, and regularly provides briefings to members of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, state legislatures and departments of education, and the media.

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