Spotlight on Professional Learning

Engage. Educate. Empower.

It is rewarding to work with teachers who focus on their own learning.

About this time of year, it is typical to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened throughout the year.  For our Professional Learning (PL) department, it has been a world-wind year of learning.  In January 2020, CCSD welcomed Stephanie Sanders as the new Professional Learning and Title IIA Supervisor, and she hit the ground running.  Starting with the spring Teacher Leader Academy Graduation & Kickoff, then shifting to virtual PL with the summer’s Balanced Instruction for All Summit and moving into the start of the 2020-2021 school year with the New Teacher Academy and district-wide Learning Engagement Institute, our PL Supervisor has handled all things in stride.

Stephanie is a veteran educator with over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience, including ten years as a high school English teacher, four years as an instructional coach, and six years at the Georgia Department of Education.

Before her first full year as Supervisor of Professional Learning, Stephanie is now featured in a Member Spotlight article in the 2020 December issue of The Learning Professional, a journal published by the Learning Forward Association which is the only professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development.” Learning Forward helps its members leverage the power of professional learning to affect positive change.

Targeted and substantial professional learning can boost student achievement. Knowing the impact, Stephanie works through collaboration across the Academic Division to meet the department’s mission of transforming learning through community. This cross-divisional approach meets the needs of all teachers to positively impact student learning.  Ms. Sanders is committed to supporting educators in CCSD because she knows her work contributes to making Cobb the best place to teach, lead, and learn.

In the Member Spotlight, Stephanie shares how she is motivated by the challenges and changes that professional learning presents. Providing opportunities for collaboration and engaging activities and finding ways to model and share effective teaching practices, especially those that teachers will use directly with students is her number one priority.

You may have noticed that the PL Twitter page is busy sharing best practices and empowering teachers for student success.  Next month, Stephanie will join Learning Forward for a Twitter chat about the December issue.  We hope you join the conversation and spread the word.

Read the Member Spotlight article at this link.

Stay tuned!

Stephanie Sanders, Supervisor
Professional Learning, Instruction & Innovative Practice

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