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 Professional Learning


Our GaDOE professional learning events catalog, housed in GaDOE Community, contains registration information for upcoming virtual and in-person webinars, workshops, and conferences. On-demand, pre-recorded webinars and by-request opportunities are also available to meet educators' professional learning needs. Most by-request offerings are virtual, both synchronous and asynchronous.​ Professional learning events are updated quarterly, and educational stakeholders are encouraged to visit the site often to review the latest agencywide offerings. View our professional learning events here.

The pre-recorded webinars listed below, hosted by the Office of Assessment and Accountability, are available via the professional learning events catalog. 

​Georgia Milestones Assessment System: Evaluating and Improving Student Writing​​

​​​​Reading and Evidence-Based Writing (English Language Arts Section 1 )​




Introduction to Reading and Evidence-Based Writing​
  • Review the characteristics of Reading and Evidence-Based Writing (REBW)
  • Delineate how REBW is assessed on the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts Assessment

  • Discuss the Georgia Milestones constructed-response scoring philosophy
  • Examine the REBW item set and associated student performance expectations
  • Review the REBW Item and Scoring Samplers and Supplements
  • Explore best practices to facilitate REBW in the classroom




​Examining the Opinion Essay in Grades 3-5​
  • Review the Georgia Standards of Excellence aligned to the Opinion Essay 
  • Discuss key terms associated with opinion writing
  • Explore the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts scoring philosophy and characteristics of the opinion essay
  • Navigate the resources aligned to the opinion essay
  • Explore the presentation of the opinion essay item
  • Analyze student exemplars for the opinion essay​


Examining the Argumentative Essay in Grades 6-High School​
  • Review the Georgia Standards of Excellence aligned to the Argumentative Essay 
  • Discuss key terms associated with argumentative writing
  • Explore the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts scoring philosophy and characteristics of the argumentative essay
  • Navigate the resources aligned to the argumentative essay
  • Explore the presentation of the argumentative essay item
  • Analyze student exemplars for the argumentative essay​​​​​​​


​Examining the Informative/Explanatory Essay in Grades 3-High School​
Review Georgia Standards of Excellence aligned to the informative/explanatory Essay
  • Discuss key terms associated with informative/explanatory writing
  • Explore the Georgia Milestones English Language Arts scoring philosophy and characteristics of the informative/explanatory essay
  • Navigate the resources aligned the informative/explanatory essay
    • Writers Checklist
    • Seven-Point, Two-Trait Rubric
  • ​Explore the presentation of the informative/explanatory essay item
  • Analyze student exemplars aligned to the informative/explanatory essay item

​​​​Narrative Writing




Learning Expect​ations and Best Practices for Narrative Writing
  • Identify student expectations related to narrative writing
  • Develop understanding around the practice of narrative writing
  • Explore best practices in​ teaching and assessing narrative writing


​Examining the Georgia Milestones Extended Constructed-Response Item & Resources​​​​​​
  • Explore characteristics of the narrative item on the Georgia Milestones ELA assessment
  • Review the scoring philosophy for narrative items on Georgia Milestones
  • Navigate Georgia Milestones narrative writing resources


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​Using Description to D​evelop Characters, Events, and Experiences​​
  • ​Identify student expectations for using description in narrative writing
  • Explain why and how to effectively use description in narrative writing
  • Explore the use of description in authentic mentor texts and student exemplars
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​Grades 6-8

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​High​ School

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