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Office of Professional Learning

The Johnston County Schools Office of Professional Learning operates within the Instructional Support and Development Division.  Understanding that continued learning and professional growth are critical to high academic achievement, this office works with other Central Service Divisions to coordinate high quality professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, and support personnel.

Over the years, the Johnston County School District has provided a variety of foundational activities aimed at building the capacity of the intellectual and performance pyramid. Areas addressed include improved student learning, improved teacher effectiveness, high standards for all students and educational personnel, lifelong learning for all, and enhanced leadership and intellectual capacity.

On-going, targeted professional learning has become the culture in Johnston County Schools. Professional Learning Communities, Instructional Technology, MTSS, and content mastery, as well as Rigorous Curriculum Design are currently areas of focus.

Information regarding professional learning offerings can be found in the District Catalog of My Learning Plan. Your site's Professional Development Coordinator can provide you with information on how to login and use this Professional Development Management System. Although My Learning Plan contains a history of your professional development activities, employees should visit the official state tracking system, HRMS, for a more comprehensive list of their activities. This feature works best when using Internet Explorer. Regardless of which browser you choose, you will need to proceed to the website when receiving the certificate warning.  For information about licensure renewal requirements, visit the NC DPI’s website.

The Office of Professional Learning echoing beliefs established by the national professional learning association, Learning Forward, affirms the following:
1. Professional learning that improves educator effectiveness is fundamental to student learning.
2. All educators have an obligation to improve their practice.
3. More students achieve when educators assume collective responsibility for student learning.
4. Successful leaders create and sustain a culture of learning.
5. Effective school systems commit to continuous improvement for all adults and students.

Kathy Price
Executive Director of Professional Learning
(919) 934-7325 ext. 1003

Dana Jernigan
Director of Professional Learning
(919) 934-7325 ext. 1007

Christa Leverette
Administrative Assistant
(919) 934-7325 ext. 1002

Linda Grytdal-Gardner
Office Support
(919) 934-7325 ext. 1004

JCS West Campus
211 E. Rose St.
Smithfield, NC  27577

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