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Unlike a typical “trainer of trainers” model, the QTEL Professional Development Certification Program is based on a model of  apprenticeship in which members participate in a multi-phase, long-term partnership.  With support from QTEL team member, they work to develop deep, situated capacity to own and transform the work of QTEL professional development to fit the specific  contexts of their schools and districts.  In order to advance from one phase to the next, candidates must complete benchmark activities that demonstrate their appropriation of the QTEL theoretical model, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice informing QTEL tools and processes, as well as a capacity to deliver effective PD through QTEL theoretical and/or practical presentations. As the apprentices gain expertise and assume increasingly central roles at their schools, QTEL’s role decreases and eventually disappears.


  • Educators who wish to develop capacity in leadership and presentation of the QTEL approach to quality instruction through QTEL professional development

  • Schools and districts that undertake a multi-year QTEL implementation and desire to sustain the work long into the future


Program Content

Participants in the Professional Development Team (PDT) learn:

  • To provide QTEL PD and coaching to the faculties in their schools and district on how to implement the QTEL approach in quality instruction

  • To develop the generative expertise needed to adapt QTEL professional development tools and materials for their specific schools and districts in order to sustain improvement in the future

  • A new way to look at professional development as opposed to a trainer-of-trainers model where professional development sessions remain static and, over time, become diluted.


Program Structure

A sequence of increasing participant responsibility in implementing QTEL Professional Development

  • Phase one - PDT actively participates along with other local teachers and administrators in QTEL professional development led by QTEL team members

  • Phase two - PDT observes QTEL PD and classroom coaching and reflect with QTEL team members on what the members of the PDT are learning

  • Phase three - QTEL team members coach PDT members to deliver segments of QTEL PD and support them in their continued learning

  • Phase four and beyond - PDT consults with QTEL team members while implementing QTEL professional development independently


Program Benefits

  • Participants build sustained, local capacity that continues long term into the future

  • Participants gain deep, situated knowledge of EL pedagogy that can be used to build capacity in other colleagues

  • Participants develop expertise in leadership and the implementation of QTEL professional development


Participants are also provided with:

  • Access to QTEL copyrighted instructional materials to provide local professional development

  • Access to a larger network of QTEL certified professional developers

  • Co-presentation opportunities with QTEL staff at national conferences and workshops


"Having a coach during this experience was a gift because as I realized my gaps in knowledge, my coach was right there to support me."

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