• The Department of Professional Learning develops, facilitates, and manages professional learning experiences for administrators, teachers, and support staff throughout Roanoke City Public Schools. By cultivating a community of adult learners, staff are better prepared to support and advance student achievement. Professional Learning includes division-wide professional development days, ongoing opportunities for all staff to participate in personalized learning opportunities, new educator orientation, and program-specific instruction. Examples of events include:

    • Division-wide professional learning: RCPS educators regularly participate in professional learning opportunities that explore the division’s instructional core values, its culture and climate of safety, and content-specific instructional practices.
    • Ongoing professional learning: Courses on a variety of topics, from instruction to well-being, are offered throughout the year to all RCPS employees.
    • New Educator Orientation: The annual two-day orientation welcomes educators new to RCPS and provides a basic overview of the division’s vision and core values.
    • Program-specific training: The Department of Professional Learning also works with outside partners to manage learning opportunities and training for programs that RCPS participates in, such as the E3+ (Empowering Educators to Excel) program through the U.S. Department of Education.


    Staff Members Interested in Enrolling in Professional Learning Courses

    Staff members who are interested in participating in professional learning opportunities should review course offerings and register on PowerSchool Professional Learning, which can be accessed through myRCPS. Many offerings through RCPS’ Professional Learning Department qualify for recertification points.

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      Coordinator of Professional Growth & Partnerships
      Mandy Horsley  
      (540) 853-1088 | mhorsley@rcps.info

      The Professional Learning Department is led by:
      Cari Gates
      Cari Gates
      Executive Director of Professional Learning
      (540) 853-6051 | cgates@rcps.info

      Professional Learning is part of the Human Resources team, which reports to:
      Dominick McKee
      Dominick McKee
      Chief Human Resource Officer
      (540) 853-6114 | dmckee@rcps.info