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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

  • 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

  • 7911 Summerfield Rd.
    Summerfield, NC 27358
    Phone: 336-665-8003
    Fax: 336-643-2597

     

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

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

    Donna Searchfield
    Office Support - Professional Learning and Leadership

    Phone: 336-665-8000
    searchd@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