Professional Learning


email-022Karen Barker - Facilitator
email-022Dorrie Cox - Secretary

The Coweta County School System Professional Learning program has three levels — individual, school, and district wide. The focus on all three levels is on improving student achievement. Individual and building level professional development plans are aligned with the district’s initiatives and goals. Suggested activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Book talks/studies
  • Peer coaching
  • Study groups
  • Teacher collaboration
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Action research
  • Professional Learning and presenters
  • Designing of curriculum

The National Staff Development Council (NSDC) standards establish a knowledge base of effective staff development practices. They serve as a tool to strengthen current efforts in the design and implementation of professional growth plans.

NSDC Standards for Professional Learning

Context Standards

Professional Learning that improves the learning of all students:

  • 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

Professional Learning that improves the learning of all students:

  • 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

Professional Learning that improves the learning of all students:

  • 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, provides 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)
  • Provides educators with knowledge and skills to involve families and other stakeholders appropriately. (Family Involvement)

Office of Professional Learning Forms

Professional Learning forms are now available via this link on the Intranet. All of the forms/documents were created using Microsoft Office Excel or Word. Please click on the "Instructions" link for complete details.