Providing a Statewide System of Support for Professional Development in NC

The NC Department of Public Instruction provides a Professional Development Coordinator for each area of the state: North, East, South, and West. Each Professional Development Coordinator is an integral member of the Statewide System of Support. Through these cross-divisional teams, members work to identify common needs across each area of the state; coordinates technical assistance based on these needs; assists districts in making data-driven decisions to improve student achievement; enhances staff’s knowledge and delivery of best practices; and builds skills of teachers and administrators.

Professional Development - Who to Call?
Click the link above to see which team supports your district based on geographical location.

A schema for the support offered through the Educator Effectiveness Division is below:

Map of North Carolina


Principal READY is targeted support for principals. These sessions provide principals with resources and a deeper and more specific examination of the meaning of the NC Professional Teaching Standards and the NC Teacher Evaluation Rubric. Principal READY focuses on instructional leadership to help the principal support the growth of teachers. Participants explore curriculum tools/resources and data generated from the evaluation tool to help their teachers improve content knowledge and instructional skills. These meetings represent an opportunity for principals to network and share best practices in improving student achievement. Please bookmark the NCEES wiki to keep up-to-date on upcoming events.

Assistant Principal Ready (APReady)
AP Ready is an area professional development opportunity designed to prepare assistant principals for the regional demands of the principalship. The Statewide System of Support designs a learning experience for assistant principals based on the diverse needs of their geographical location. Past topics have included: Coaching, Instructional Leadership, Professional Teaching Standards, NCEES, School Culture, and Updates on Statewide Initiatives.

IHE-BT Coordinator Collaborative Conversations Meetings
IHE-LEA (BT Coordinator) meetings are held quarterly in each of the eight regions of North Carolina. The meetings are facilitated by the Regional Education Facilitators. The locations of these collaborative conversations have been held on the campuses of IHEs or within local LEAs in each of the respective regions. The purpose is to enhance collaboration between the IHE and LEA/Charter School while promoting the improvement of mentor development and induction programs. The timeframe is a minimum of three hours. During the course of the meetings, IHEs and LEA/Charter Schools collaborate, share and plan activities to promote growth of pre-service teachers, beginning teachers and mentors. In addition to these collaborative conversations, IHEs and LEAs/Charter Schools have benefited from meaningful presentations from other stakeholders, including NCDPI.

Beginning Teacher Summits
The Educator Effectiveness Regional Education Facilitator Team facilitate eight, themed, regional Beginning Teacher Summits each summer. This free professional development day is specifically designed to address the needs of novice teachers. Teachers have the opportunity to gain knowledge on classroom management, learn instructional strategies to increase student engagement, use data to enhance instruction, and develop an understanding on how to make digital teaching and learning part of the classroom experience. For more information on each BT Summit, visit