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Title-IIA-Professional Learning

Program Planning and Evaluation

Needs Assessment

You must know your needs in order to plan how to meet them. A compreshensive needs assessment is a requirement of Title II-A.

  • Multiple Measures of Data - This article describes four types of data and how analysis of the intersection of these data can support districts in supporting the needs of all students.
  • Needs Assessments for Professional Learning - This article by Joelle Killion of Learning Forward outlines why professional learning needs must be based on student learning needs.
  • Integrated Guidance - The comprehensive needs assessment process completed as part of the Integrated Guidance Application should be used to inform use of II-A funds. 
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment Tools - Find resources related to school improvement planning including the ORIS Needs Assessment Tool.


Once student learning needs are identified, a plan for educator learning needs (what educators need to know and be able to do to address student learning needs) is developed.

  • Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning - Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.

  • Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Learning - Effective professional development depends upon the quality of planning, implementation and evaluation. Within this guide, planning, implementation and evaluation are presented in steps with research-based information and tools and worksheets that can be used to develop a professional development plan, ensure implementation, and evaluate results.

  • District Professional Development Planning Form - This planning form is provided as a tool for developing district professional development plans. Sections of the PD plan can be used to populate IIA applications.

  • Professional Learning Plans: A Workbook for States, Districts and Schools - This document developed by Learning Forward outlines the rationale and process for developing a comprehensive professional learning plan. It includes several tools that districts may find useful for data analysis and identifying prioritized needs.


Evaluation begins with planning. Evaluating change in educator practice and student learning can only occur if it has been carefully addressed during the planning process.

Professional Development

The purpose of all teacher professional development is to help teachers develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to help students learn. The intended outcomes of teacher professional development are defined in terms of improved professional practice, but the long-term goals should always focus on improved student outcomes.

For more information on this topic, email Sarah Martin, Education Specialist.