Unit Four focuses on Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning. When creating learning experiences for teachers to improve instruction, it is essential that planners understand and utilize the Standards for Professional Learning. Digging into the rationales behind the standard will help educators see the elements of quality learning as well as help them understand what is needed to support teachers in learning that improves student results.

The expected learner outcomes are:

1. Explain the purpose of the Standards for Professional Learning.
2. Identify the implications of the prerequisites for professional learning.
3. Understand the purpose and key components of the learning standards.
4. Identify the alignment between the cycle of continuous improvement and the professional learning standards.
5. Identify actions to take to improve professional learning within their own settings.