Leilani Esmond Director
Description of Program
Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Office of Staff Development provides high-quality professional learning opportunities and customized support and services designed to advance the system’s vision, mission, and goals by enhancing employee performance and developing employee capacity to lead in a system of world-class schools. We are committed to developing, supporting, and implementing professional learning that focuses on curriculum, assessment, instruction, and professional expertise.
Gwinnett County Public Schools offers extensive professional learning opportunities for teachers in content, pedagogy, and processes. These opportunities are facilitated by the district office curriculum departments and local schools. As a result, teachers have multiple venues for gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective instruction that meets students’ needs. Staff Development supports and partners with local schools to ensure teachers receive differentiated, ongoing, professional learning to improve continuously.
Additionally, the Office of Staff Development coordinates special programs to meet the specific needs of teachers and staff throughout the district.
- Teach Gwinnett is a Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GaTAPP), is a certification program for teachers seeking initial certification. Teach Gwinnett provides the professional learning and support needed to ensure beginning teachers are fully equipped to succeed and positively impact student learning.
- Coach Endorsement is a program designed for teacher leaders concentrating on research-based coaching practices proven to be successful in supporting teachers and leading change within schools.
- Mentor Gwinnett is a district-wide, supplemental induction program for mentors and beginning teachers. Specific professional learning and processes are implemented to ensure mentors provide differentiated support, and new teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to impact student learning.
- Building a Foundation for Educational Equity and Responsiveness are professional development pathways focused on best responding to all students, understanding that all students deserve a positive and academically challenging environment. These courses emphasize that culture is an asset and directly impacts how a student learns best. The courses can be accessed through individualized local school support and multiple courses offered throughout the school year.
- Support Staff Development provides instructional services designed to increase the knowledge, skills, and overall performance of support staff. The program offers courses focusing on workplace dynamics, teamwork, professional growth, and job-related competencies.