What’s a Great SLO? Online Course

Time to practice with support!  Don’t be afraid of writing your SLO!  Get the confidence and practice through coaching over a 5 week online course. You can Register Here.

This course is designed to help you complete a quality SLO. From identification of the learning goal and applicable assessments to the analysis of baseline data and setting goals, our instructors walk you through each stage, share current best practice and potential discussion questions.


Don’t let writing Growth Goals be daunting!

You have so many different ways to measure and monitor learning of your students. What is the best way to write a goal and what tools should you use to measure learning? In this course you’ll buckle down and learn about the SLO Cycle, choosing the right growth assessment, simple data analysis strategies to make your data speak to you and how to write a good goal that is both attainable and ambitious.



  • Understand how to choose assessments measures for growth
  • Learn about the current research in the SLO cycle
  • Dig into data analysis strategies that will simplify the process and make sense
  • Create SMART goals that focus on your students and realistic results
  • Implement goal writing systems and templates that will help you write a goal for your students
  • Complete an SLO with your classroom data or our practice data
  • Collaborate with and learn from other educators

Week 1: SLO Basics

  • Explore the research behind the SLO model and what teachers across the country are reflecting about the process
  • Understand the SLO learning goal and how you might choose a “Big Idea” to monitor for this purpose
  • Dig into assessment strategies to measure growth and how to best measure student learning in your course
  • Choose an assessment strategy for your course SLO

Week 2: Action Research and Data

  • Learn strategies for data analysis that won’t make your head spin. We will look at simple color coding techniques and 4 step plans to make data analysis bearable and exciting.
  • Explore the purpose behind linking baseline assessment data to instructional changes and pivot points
  • Build your confidence through hands on data analysis of your own students or mock student groups

Week 3: Make it SMART-G

  • Learn how to design a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timebound and Growth dependent
  • Learn about categories of goals from whole group to individual and why you might choose one over the other
  • Design the best parameters for goals around an actual goal based on your students

Week 4: Completing the SLO

  • Learn to explain your rationale and flesh out your goal for presentation to your evaluator.
  • Examine and critique example completed tools and goals
  • Complete your own SLO with feedback from other participants and discussions

Week 5: Putting it Together

  • Reflect on aspects of the SLO design process and learn how this process would continue through the instructional interval
  • Leave the class with a comprehensive toolkit for writing your future SLO goals.

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