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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

  • Post-Master's Certificate in Instructional Coaching

    Beginning Fall 2022, the School of Education at UNC Greensboro will offer a Post-Master’s Certificate in Instructional Coaching. This twelve graduate credit, fully online program will prepare teachers and other professional education personnel to understand the roles instructional coaches play in school improvement and to utilize technology-enabled coaching to provide more extensive and more effective support for teachers in the classroom. See attached flyer for more information.

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  • MOOCs for Educators (The Friday Institute)

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Laughlin Professional Development Center

Contact Us

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


    Donna Searchfield
    Office Support - Professional Learning and Leadership

    Phone: 336-665-8000

    Dr. Tiffany Perkins
    Interim Assistant Superintendent
    Teaching, Learning & Professional Development
    Phone: 336-665-8000

    Dr. Dain Butler
    Senior Executive Director - Principal Pipeline 
    Phone: 336-665-8000

    Candice Bailey 
    Director - Educator Effectiveness 
    Phone: 336-665-8000

    Crystal Vandiver 
    Director - New Teacher Support 
    Phone: 336-665-8000

    Tonisha Walden
    Director - Professional Learning
    Phone: 336-665-8003

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