Professional Development

The Gainesville City School System (GCSS) seeks to provide rigorous, relevant standards, quality instructional resources, and professional learning opportunities that will help teachers and instructional leaders prepare students for college and career opportunities. The professional learning opportunities provided to teachers are research based and personalized to meet individual, school, and district learning needs, as well as meet the expectations of the Georgia Department of Education. Professional learning opportunities are designed to improve student performance and achievement for all learners.

GCSS provides professional learning opportunities based on surveys, interviews and the analysis of student achievement data. Professional learning in the district is organized around learning communities at each school and the district. Instructional leadership is distributed throughout the school and district to focus on continuous improvement for teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. Resources are monitored and used wisely to support new professional learning formats and activities. 

The Gainesville City School System operates a three-tiered professional learning system 

  • Tier 1 Professional Learning is provided to all certified staff. The purpose of Tier 1 Professional Learning is to provide training for overarching best practices, district initiatives, and differentiated professional learning according to school and system data.
  • Tier 2 is designed as assistive professional learning that is provided when needs are identified by a group, a school and system data or school administration.
  • Tier 3 is targeted intervention to address areas of concern often resulting from an Individual Professional Learning Plan//Goal (PLP/PLG).

The GCSS Professional Learning Opportunities catalog is a living document with internal and external opportunities. Course offerings may be added based on data and district/school identified need. Internal professional development opportunities are created by the district/school and provided to staff. External opportunities are created by outside sources such as area RESAs, the GaDOE and state and national organizations.  These external opportunities are vetted and information is distributed to schools. Schools determine selection of opportunities as it relates to their school improvement plan and identified needs.


 

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