Cleveland County Schools Professional Development Plan Professional Development in Cleveland County Schools is aligned to the Strategic Plan Goal 2.1, the core values, vision, and mission of the district. PD offered also responds to the needs of teachers and administrators with district-wide and schoolspecific offerings. Evaluations of PD, staff surveys, professional growth conferences and goals, and state initiatives are used to inform the professional development plan. The district utilizes software from Cook Consulting to monitor and document professional development presented in the district, as well as, staff participation in PD outside of the district. The implementation of Common Core Standards and new Essential Standards in North Carolina prompted the need for professional development K-12. In the 201213 school year nearly 400 different staff development sessions were offered in the district and over 40% of those sessions focused on understanding and implementing the new standards. Sessions were presented by lead teachers, experts in the field, and curriculum support staff (Curriculum/Technology Coordinators and Secondary Curriculum Coaches). In response to current research, educational trends, and the NC teacher evaluation tool, professional development sessions on the implementation of effective professional learning communities has been offered. The goal has been to develop the leadership capacity of administrators and lead teachers in using professional learning communities to increase student learning. High School Principals visited Stevenson High School outside of Chicago to see PLC’s in action. Lead teachers and administrators have attended sessions led by the DuFours in the surrounding area over the past three years. In the 2012-13 school year, The Center for Quality Teaching and Learning was contracted with to lead a focused collaborative cycle in all secondary schools. Cleveland County Schools has utilized Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to improve social competence, reduce discipline referrals and suspensions, and increase academic achievement. PD is offered to sustain and increase PBIS in the district. Another major component of the PD plan is sessions offered in increasing the use of technology in the classroom. The goal is to provide teachers with technology tools that engage students and to have students use technology as part of the learning process. Sessions offered included SmartBoard training, Cloud Apps, Google Apps, web tools, and iPad training. Professional Development Summary 2012-2013 Professional Development Data for CCS # PD Sessions Topic of Sessions 20 Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS ) 29 Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) 57 Technology 124 EC Support, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI), Teacher Evaluation Process and Testing 167 Understanding and Implementation of New Curriculum Standards 397 Miscellaneous Topics (offered within district) 794 TOTAL PD Sessions offered within the district 852* TOTAL PD Sessions attended outside the district** *411 staff members participated in outside registrations. **Outside registrations include graduate courses, National Board Certification, state and national level content-specific conferences, Department of Public Instruction trainings, etc. 2013-2014 Professional Development Data for CCS # PD Sessions Topic of Sessions 239 TOTAL PD Sessions offered or planned. 319 TOTAL PD Sessions attended outside the district. *292 staff members participated in outside registrations.