Professional Learning

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    to the
    Wayne County School System Professional Learning Page

    Wayne County School System Mission:
    Our mission is to empower all students to reach their highest levels of achievement.

    To ensure that our personnel are prepared to meet the needs of each of our students, Wayne County is committed to providing the quality professional development needs for each of our employee groups.

    Definition -

    Professional learning is the means by which teachers, administrators and other school system employees acquire, enhance, or refine the knowledge, skills and commitment necessary to create and support high levels of learning for all students. Professional learning, professional development, staff development, and in-service training are synonymous terms.  In order for students to learn and perform at high levels, educators must be learning virtually all of the time. Quality professional learning is standards-based, results driven, systemic, ongoing, and embedded into the daily routine of educators. The purpose of professional learning is quality learning and exceptional academic performance for all students and staff.

    Levels of Professional Learning -

    Individual Needs

    School / Site Level Initiatives

    District-Wide Initiatives

    Standards of Professional Learning -

    Context -

    Organizes adults into learning communities whose goals are aligned with those of the schools and district. (Learning Communities)

    Requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement. (Leadership)

    Requires research to support adult learning and collaboration. (Resources)

    Process Standards -

    Uses disaggregated student data to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement. (Data-driven)

    Uses multiple sources of information to guide improvement and demonstrate its impact. (Evaluation)

    Prepares educators to apply research to decision making. (Research-based)

    Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal. (Design)

    Applies knowledge about human learning and change. (Learning)

    Provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate. (Collaboration)

    Content Standards -

    Prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement. (Equity)

    Deepens educators' content knowledge, provided them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately. (Quality Teaching)

    Provided educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately. (Family Involvement)

    Links -

    Check Certification Status

    GACE Test Dates

    Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC)

    Georgia Department of Education Professional Learning

    National Staff Development Council

    ProVenance Online Professional Learning for Paraprofessionals

    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards