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Professional Learning is the ​means by which teachers, administrators, and other staff acquire, enhance, and refine the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions necessary to create and support high levels of learning for all students. 
SDE Professional Learning Main Page​

The Division of School and District Effectiveness will host the professional learning opportunities below pending State Board of Education approval.

​2020 Fall Virtual Instructional Leadership Conference (VILC)​

October 6-7, 2020

We are excited to announce the Division of School and District Effectiveness Fall Virtual Instructional Leadership Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The presentations offered are a direct result of feedback and requests received from school and district leaders across the state. All sessions will be offered live, as well as recorded for on-demand access following the conference. ​There is no cost associated with this event.
Registration information will be available September 1, 2020. 

Fall VILC Schedule:

Day 1: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

12:00-12:30 p.m.: Welcome Plen​ary Session​
12:30-2:00 p.m.: Concurrent Session 1
2:30-4:00 p.m.: Concurrent Session 2

Day 2: Wednesday, October 7, 2020

9:00-10:30 a.m.: Concurrent Session 3
11:00-12:30 p.m.: Concurrent Session 4
12:30-1:00 p.m.: Closing Plen​​ary Session

Virtual Professional Learning Opportunities

Teacher Clarity: Transparency for Learning

GaDOE​ School Improvement 's Teacher Clarity series will equip teachers and leaders with a deeper understanding of learning intentions and success criteria. Teacher Clarity is an evidence-based teaching strategy with an effect size that nearly doubles the rate of student learning when implemented with fidelity.​

Participants will engage in a step-by-step process to move students toward demonstrating mastery. Participants will learn how to better articulate:

  • WHAT their students need to learn
  • WHY they are learning it
  • HOW they will know they have learned it

Teacher Clarity: Transparency for Learning, Part 1 

Teacher Clarity: Transparency for Learning, Part 2 

Monitoring Teacher Clarity Implementation
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ​

​Support School Improvement Utilizing Georgia’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) and the School Improvement (SI) Dashboard ​

​​The School Improvement (SI) Dashboard feature in SLDS provides an insight of different data variables reflected at a school, district and state level.  This professional development gives a brief overview of how to navigate the platform, and explores possible uses of the trend data housed in the platform as schools engage in data-driven school improvement planning. ​


Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students (MTSS)​​​

​​Formative Instructional Practices (FIP)​ Professional Learning Series
for Federally Identified Schools

​​Session 1: How Federally Designated Schools Can Improve ​
This introductory session for leaders provides an overview of the revised Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) Online Professional Learning platform. FIP offers 25 courses that focus on four major Tier 1 evidence-based practice areas that lead to greater student achievement when used well:

  • Creating and Using Clear Learning Targets
  • Collecting, Analyzing and Using Evidence of Student Learning
  • Understanding and Using Effective Feedback with Students
  • Facilitating Student Ownership of Learning.

​​​Access to FIP courses and navigating the platform is demonstrated. ​
Session 1 Resources: 

Session 2: Using GA FIP Web Page Resources to Support Improvement Planning

This session acquaints school leaders with the resources that are available on the FIP webpage to support a plan for implementing Formative Instructional Practices Online Professional Learning in a school or district. Highlights include a ready-to-use introductory presentation, support resources for districts and teachers on first steps for FIP, the alignment of FIP Foundations Courses to TAPS and LAPS, and sample professional growth plans for leaders and teachers that use FIP courses.   ​

Session 2 Resources: 

Session 3: Using FIP Courses to Design Better Classroom-based Formative Assessments ​

Session 3 previews key content that is available in the Designing Sound Assessment series of FIP courses. Information with direct course examples are shared to help leaders see how targeted and efficient teaching, learning and lesson-based assessments can become when the right kinds of formative practices are used to accurately to document evidence of student learning. Three areas are highlighted: (1) Clarifying Teaching and Assessment Expectations (2) Mastering Methods of Assessment, and (3) Putting the Pieces Together: Designing and Critiquing Sound Assessments. ​

Session 4: Creating Optimal Opportunities to Lead FIP Professional Learning  

This session will share key points from the book, Leadership for Teacher Learning by Dylan William. Discussion topics will be applied to FIP so leaders can consider a plan for using FIP in ways most supportive for teachers. A resource on how to use instructional rounds to support use of new practices will be provided. 

Session 4 Resources: 

  • Webinar Recording Coming July 27, 2020

Session 5: Leading Teachers to Help Students Revise their Thinking Using Formative Assessment

The primary purpose of classroom-based formative assessment is to use the results to help students revise their thinking. This webinar will provide leaders with considerations to reflect upon during Instructional Awareness Walks (IAW) when students exhibit misconceptions in their understanding. Key and actionable suggestions will be provided to support teachers in assisting students revise their thinking and work more accurately toward mastery.  ​

Session 5 Resources: 

  • Webinar Recording Coming in September

Session 6: Organizing to Help Teachers Facilitate Student Ownership of Learning

​Helping students develop ownership for their learning is one of the four pillars of FIP. Often, teachers need assistance to think about foundational skills that need to be taught before grouping students to work as peers to support their own and others' learning. This webinar will identify several foundational skills ​leaders can use to support teacher capacity to plan for student ownership of learning. ​

Session 6 Resources: 

  • Webinar Recording Coming in September

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 Contact Information

Dawn Ashmore, Ed.S​.
Professional Learning Program Specialist
Phone: 404-656-3436

Sharquinta​ Tuggle
Professional Learning Program Specialist
Phone: 404-657-2951

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