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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT— The term “professional development” means a comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement--(2009)

Full Definition of Professional Development
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Professional Development Standards
The NC State Board of Education has endorsed Learning Forward’s National Standards or Professional Learning (October, 2011).

Full Standards for Professional Learning Link:


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.

Home Base PD System
The Home Base PD System offers an array of modules, mini-modules, facilitated courses, Mooclets, and online discussion forums to meet your professional learning needs. All courses can be accessed through the Home Base system by logging into Home Base or the alternate login with your existing username and password. Please visit for a full description of all new courses

Webinar Series
Each year Educator Effectiveness hosts a year-long webinar series that features tips for using the online NCEES tool, Home Base PD System, and NC Teaching Rubric. The webinar topics are based on feedback from educators and also features question and answer sessions based on role in using the NC evaluation system. Please click the link to the NCEES wiki to see upcoming topics.

The Regional Education Service Alliances (RESAs)

The RESAs host professional development sessions and resources in all eight regions of the state. Please use the link/information below to discover what professional development offerings are available in your region.
Note: Some sessions may be for those with RESA memberships only.

  1. Northeast RESA. Director: Dr. Dwayne K. Stallings. 252.473.1033.
  2. Southeast Education Alliance. Executive Director: Dr. Kathy Spencer. 910.330.2441
  3. Central Carolina RESA. Director: Dr. Neil Pedersen. 919.882.5951.
  4. Sandhills Regional Education Consortium. Director: Jim Simeon. 910.693.9910.
  5. Piedmont-Triad Education Consortium. Director: Dr. Lillie Cox. 336.712.3393.
  6. Southwest RESA. Director: Dr. Ric Vandett. 828.302.0293.
  7. Northwest RESA. Director: Dr. Joe Sinclair. 336.667.2191.
  8. Western RESA. Director: Dr. Jan Webster. 828.774.5681.


Professional Educators of North Carolina
Their mission is to promote education reform for the benefit of all NC children while ensuring the recruitment, development and retention of qualified educators.

North Carolina Association of Educators
The mission of NCAE is to be the voice for educators in North Carolina that unites, organizes, and empowers members to be advocates for education professionals, public education, and children. They work with educators across the state to foster and facilitate high-quality professional learning opportunities to support the needs of North Carolina's public school education professionals.

North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA)
Professional organization representing administrators’ viewpoints on educational issues

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)
Offers a full complement of professional development activities for educators

Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Supports and promotes teaching and learning excellence in the Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 education community

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
National organization representing school administrators

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
National organization representing elementary school principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
National organization representing secondary principals

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Membership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learners

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Provide professional development opportunities and convene conferences to address the major challenges of preK-12 education in North Carolina and the United States.

#NCed Chat Blog
Bi-weekly Twitter chat for North Carolina educators and others who are interested in or invested in education

US Department of Education
Federal policy-making body which monitors funds, collectsdata and disseminates research on America’s schools

The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

PD 360 is now Edivate-a more powerful, more personalized solution for improving educator effectiveness and student learning.

PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Learning Forward
Learning Forward's online courses give you access to in-depth online learning. Professional learning opportunities include interactive presentations, videos, readings from some of the leading thinkers in the field, and more.

NC Resources for Educators

NC Wiseowl
NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey
National Board Certification
NC School Report Card
North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute
Public School Forum of North Carolina
North Carolina General Assembly