The New GTL Center
From 2012-2019, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) was a national content center under the federally funded Comprehensive Center Network, providing support to state education agencies and districts in all 50 states. Today, AIR continues to operate the GTL Center and offer services across a range of core evidence-based talent management strategies. Discover what the new GTL Center has to offer.
Explore Evidence-Based Strategies
Flipping the Readiness Paradigm
Tailoring Programs to Address the Achievement Gap and Teacher Shortages in High-Need Schools (Special Issues Brief, 2019)
Too often, talent management strategies are not designed to be successful in the highest need schools and districts. In schools that have fewer resources to tackle greater challenges, typical “best practice” strategies may fail if we ignore how a high-needs context shapes school readiness in program design and implementation. This Special Issues Brief makes the case that strategies need to be context-specific -- selected and customized to meet a school where it is, not the other way around.
“The team brought a high level of attentiveness to our district's needs and nuanced understanding of the regional context, making it a true collaboration and thought partnership.”
DC Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Staff Member
“Our state is where it is now with mentoring and induction due to [T4TLA]—consistent and continual efforts to ensure we are building high-quality mentoring and induction templates that can be used by all.”
“As a result of the GTL Center's efforts, many of the districts are now implementing working conditions surveys. Not just administrating surveys, but looking at the data and figuring what does those data tell them about what they need to do differently to improve working conditions for teachers.”
State Education Agency Client
“The GTL Center helped us pick evidence-based strategies that we felt were right for Ohio. [They] really respected our working group and let things come out naturally, but also guided [the process] with evidence....By the end, people were voting and prioritizing the recommendations.”
Staff Member, Ohio Department of Education
"It's great to be sitting at the table with partners who understand how important this is and how they impact our work in Indiana. We simply could not do this work without their help and we look forward to our continued partnership down the road."
Staff Member, Indiana Department of Education