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  • Our Mission:

    The mission of the GCS Professional Learning Department is to improve student achievement through the creation of a professional learning community that provides high quality professional development opportunities by supporting the district's strategic plan, exploring current research in education, promoting more effective teaching and learning, and fostering personal and professional growth.

    The Professional Learning Department of GCS oversees high quality professional development by: 

    • providing workshops based on effective teaching and learning strategies;

    • ensuring that professional development reflects current research and best practices in education; and,

    • providing staff with choices of professional development activities for re-certification that tie to individual, school and district goals. 

     

     

     

Professional Learning Upcoming Events

  • Introducing Asia through Buddhism

    The North Carolina Teaching Asia Network, based at UNC-Chapel Hill, is offering a free professional development workshop, "Introducing Asia through Buddhism," for K-12 educators.

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  • Professional Development Programs from NEH

    Programs are one-week workshops held across the nation that enhance how K-12 educators, higher education faculty, and humanities professionals incorporate place-based approaches to humanities teaching and scholarship.

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  • MOOCs for Educators (The Friday Institute)

    Built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice, MOOC-Ed courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-supported learning.

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Contact Us

  • Margaret Walz
    Office Support III
    Phone: 336-370-8000
    walzm@gcsnc.com

    Dr. Candice Bailey 
    Director - Educator Effectiveness 
    Phone: 336-665-8000
    baileyc3@gcsnc.com

    Dr. Mark Seagraves
    Senior Executive Director - Professional Learning and Principal Pipeline 
    Phone: 336-665-8000
    seagraj2@gcsnc.com

    Tonisha Walden
    Director - Professional Learning
    Phone: 336-665-8003
    waldent@gcsnc.com

    Lei F. Washington
    Director - Professional Learning and Leadership Operational Support 
    Phone: 336-665-8000
    washinl@gcsnc.com