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9. Action Plan

a. Professional Development Strategies

Guidelines / Requirements for compliance in this section (from the Peer-Response Rubric):


Narrative:

Professional Development is a key component of instructional success in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). The ultimate goal of professional learning is to improve student learning. While striving to meet that goal, the Department of Professional Learning provides professional growth opportunities to all employees - opportunities designed to advance the system direction, enhance employee performance, and develop employee capacity to lead in a system of world class schools.

The Department of Professional Learning exists to serve our customers by providing the processes, products and services needed for high quality professional learning that leads to desired results. A goal of the department is that every employee experiences high quality professional learning as part of his or her daily work. The Department of Professional Learning supports best practices for professional learning/adult learning as suggested by the National Staff Development Council and the Georgia Staff Development Council.

House Bill 1187 mandated that all Georgia public school educators certified in any field must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency on a test of computer skill competency, or complete a course equivalent approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. To meet this goal, GCPS developed The Gwinnett Technology Academy for Teachers (GTAT) to help all certified staff meet the state computer competency requirement. GTAT classes were provided as a free service to all GCPS certified employees. GTAT included courses and test-out options for a wide range of certified staff. Courses included GTAT for Administrators, Elementary School GTAT, Middle School GTAT, High School GTAT, and GTAT for Special Education. The Special Education course provided training on various types of assistive technology. Since October 2001, over 10,700 seats were offered, and 5000+ staff completed GTAT courses or test-out options.

To support instructional technology use in the classroom, teachers are given specific staff development in a number of areas by the Local School Technology Coordinator (LSTC). The LSTC is a certified teacher whose main responsibility is to assist teachers in the integration of curriculum and technology. As noted in the following graphic, the LSTC and Media Specialist are both important resources in the local school for integrating technology and instruction, providing staff development, and giving teachers concrete learning support when using technology in the classroom.

GCPS is also closely affiliated with the University of Georgia and its Educational Technology Training Center, which provides a large number of technology training sessions for staff members at all levels. As noted in the charts below, for the last two years the Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) has provided technology training for GCPS technical staff and teachers. The Information Management Division (IMD) works with the ETTC to support Local School Technology Coordinators (LSTCs), Technology Support Technicians (TSTs), and Media Specialists and Clerks.

7/1/2004-6/30/2005
Group
Class
People
Unit Hour
Total Hour
TST Windows XP, Novell, 2-day
85
14
1190
TST Windows 9x
28
7
196
TST Quality Customer Service
105
6
630
LSTC LSTC Café Plan
173
5
865
Grand Total
391
2881

 

7/1/2005-4/15/2006
Group
Class
People
Unit Hour
Total Hour
TST Quality Customer Service
7
6
42
LSTC LSTC Café Plan
99
5
495
Media Media Café Plan
577
5
2885
Grand Total
683
3422

The Information Management Division's Department of Media and Information Services also coordinates a variety of training activities for LSTCs and Media Specialists to redeliver at their local schools. The following list is an example of some of the recent offerings for local school personnel:

  • Lotus Notes 6
  • Access 2000
  • Assess Data Share ES
  • Basic Camera
  • Casablanca Prestige Editing
  • Collaboration Share ES
  • Copyright for Schools
  • Daily School Broadcast
  • Data Analysis for RBES
  • Destiny Cataloging Software
  • Excel 2000
  • Excel 2003
  • Intro to MS Office - Excel & Access
  • Intro to MS Office - Word & Powerpoint
  • Introduction to AVID Express
  • Leadership Book Study
  • Lighting & Audio
  • Macros in Excel
  • Macros in Word
  • Make Media Comm Wrk
  • Media Festival
  • Photoshop for AVID
  • PowerPoint 2000
  • Publisher 2000
  • Reading Bowl
  • Reading Promo ES
  • Reading Promo HS
  • Reading Promo MS
  • SIRS Discovery ES
  • SIRS Knowledge Source
  • Smart Boards
  • Windows XP
  • Word 2000
  • Word 2003
  • World Book Resources ES
  • World Book Resources MS/HS

 

The following staff development resources are some of the opportunities available for teachers to further integrate technology into their daily instruction:

Schools often develop instructional technology education programs for staff members. Click here to view a sample plan.

To aid with the reading of the specific objectives, all of the plans are organized and separated by our seven Strategic Goals, as applicable to the scope of this instructional technology plan. Click on the following links to see the detail to each section:

  1. Ensure a world-class education for all students by focusing on teaching and learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.
  2. Ensure a safe, secure, and orderly environment for all.
  3. Optimize student achievement through responsible stewardship of its financial resources and the proactive pursuit of all resources necessary to meet current and future demands.
  4. Recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that achieves the mission and goals of the organization.
  5. Meet the continuing and changing demand for essential information through technological systems and processes that support effective performance and desired results.
  6. Provide and manage the system's facilities and operations in an exemplary manner as determined by programmatic needs and best management practices.
  7. Apply continuous quality improvement strategies and principles as the way the organization does business.

 


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