Rockingham County Schools values our teaching staff. We believe that continuous, high-quality professional development is essential to the nation's goal of high standards of learning for every child.
Professional development is a continuous process of individual and collective reflection and improvement of practice. We strive to provide opportunities that are job-embedded and prepare our teachers to use current instructional tools.
Please contact Tricia Pearson regarding staff development questions at 336-342-8574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the RCS Professional Development Page!
Staff Development Forms and Resources
Staff Development Procedures and Forms have been modified for the new school year.
Requesting Approval for Activities not listed in Home Base (Out of District) - Updated 2019-2020
How to Offer a District Activity - Updated 2019-2020
Staff Development Activity Roster - Updated 2019-2020
Leave Request Form (be sure to have budget codes entered) - pdf file
Leave Request Form - excel file
Credits earned prior to July 1, 2017 are viewable in HRMS. Credits earned beginning July 1, 2017 are viewable in the Home Base PD system.
Professional Development Opportunities
Out of District
Home Base - RCS is now using the Home Base Professional Development system to manage all professional development sessions. You can access the Home Base Professional Development system from your NC EdCloud Dashboard and selecting the True North Logic icon.
NCDPI Professional Development Opportunities - You can also find a full list of NCDPI courses by viewing this site. NCDPI offers online professional development opportunities in both self-paced and instructor lead formats.
Friday Institute Course Offerings - Participate in a unique professional learning experience by enrolling in a MOOC-Ed course from the Friday Institute.
Piedmont Triad Education Consortium -The Piedmont Triad Education Consortium (PTEC) is a collaboration of fifteen K-12 public school districts and seventeen higher education institutions in central North Carolina. Rockingham County is a member of this wonderful consortium. Consortium members have created a climate in which the strengths of each agency have joined together to become the power of one committed educational community. Professional development opportunities provided by PTEC are free to member districts. Please click here for the PTEC Calendar of Events listing.
NCCAT Online - In addition to face-to-face programs, NCCAT now offers free online professional development for all educators. Check out their course listings here.
Digital Learning Credit Opportunities for Administrators - Please view a list of activities approved for administrator digital learning credit here.
Google Educator Certification - Complete training and earn your Google Certified Educator badge (from Google). There are multiple courses and badges levels available to choose from. Each of the certification exams has a small fee: $10-$25. Upon successful completion you will receive a Google Certified Educator badge. You can also receive Digital Learning Competency credit for earning certifications. (Amount of credit varies based on certification earned.)
Apple Teacher - Free, self-paced professional learning from Apple allows you to build skills and earn recognition for your integration of iPads in the classroom. Upon successful completion and attainment of badges, you may also receive Digital Learning Competency credit. (Amount of credit varies based on certification earned.)
Capella University: Free PD For Teachers - Capella University offers more than 20 free, self-paced courses for educators. Example topics include: personalized learning, understanding competency-based instruction, classroom device management, and much more.
NCDPI Global Educator Digital Badge- In 2014, the State Board of Education approved the Global Educator Digital Badge for Teachers. Candidates for the badge are required to complete 100 hours or 10 CEUs of global educational professional development and meet a Capstone Project requirement within two years (including acceptance into Home Base as a statewide resource). Upon completion of the requirements, a digital badge will be issued to the teacher at the state level and the designation will be documented in the teacher's Home Base Educator's Professional Development Profile.
The Global Educator Digital Badge Flyer outlines the steps for completing this process.
If interested in earning your NC Global Educator Digital Badge, please complete the Memorandum of Agreement (link) and send to NCDPI. You can learn more about this state recognition by visiting the Global Education section on the NCDPI website (link).
RCS Online Professional Development Opportunities
RCS offers a variety of professional development opportunities for you to increase your professional knowledge, improve your practice, and earn continuing education credit. These courses offer the convenience and flexibility to learn whenever and where you choose.
Current opportunities include:
RCS eBook Study - Employees can choose an eBook from our Overdrive Library and participate in an online course. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will earn 1 CEU. Depending on the title selected, that credit may be awarded for general, academic, literacy, or principal credit.
Please view this digital flyer to learn more.
Technology Book Studies - We are pleased to offer two book studies that will help you learn how to better leverage technology to enhance learning for your students. You may choose either Who Owns the Learning or Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning.
For descriptions of both of these books as well as information for registration, please view this flyer.
RCS Canvas Teacher Orientation - This is a self-paced course designed to familiarize instructors with the basic need-to-know tools and features of Canvas in an effort to prepare them for course design and delivery.
Please click here to register.
RCS Online Teaching Certification - This course will prepare you to teach in a fully online environment. Teachers in face-to-face classes will also benefit by learning how to design engaging digital content in a blended environment.
Please complete this form to register.
RCS Schoolnet Training Module - The purpose of this module is to acclimate you to the assessment customization features in Schoolnet. This module will focus on customizing assessments around curriculum, items, and assigning assessments to students.
Please complete this form to register.
For more information about any of these courses, please contact Elizabeth Covell, email@example.com.
RCS is pleased to provide a system of micro-credentials that allows educators to gain recognition for their skills and competencies. This personalized and competency-based system provides a way for us to meet the diverse needs of our teachers. Educators submit evidence, have it reviewed by experts and peers, and earn digital certification in recognition of their accomplishments.
Below you will find the micro-credentials/ badges currently offered by Rockingham County Schools. We will continue to add opportunities in effort to meet the needs of all learners/teachers. Badge point accumulations can also lead to CEU credit. You must earn at least 50 points, or .5 CEUs, before receiving renewal credit.
Fan Badges award 25 points = .25 CEUs
Rookie Badges award 50 points = .5 CEUs
Letterman Badges award 100 points = 1 CEU
All-Star Badges award 150 points = 1.5 CEUs
Coach Badges award 200 points = 2 CEUs
Current RCS Micro-credentials/ Badges available:
To learn more about obtaining any of these badges, or to recommend additional badges, please complete this form.
In addition to RCS issued badges, micro-credentials are also currently available to our educators via Digital Promise and BloomBoard. NC has an agreement with BloomBoard to issue CEUs for earning these micro-credentials. Most are advertised as .5 or .6 CEUs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org once you’ve earned a micro-credential to ensure you receive the necessary documentation or certificate. You must email your certificate to email@example.com.
Personalized Learning PD
Rockingham County offers 44 online learning modules centered around Personalized Learning. The Rockingham County Schools model for personalized learning is comprised of three main components: learner, environment, and instruction. The professional learning modules are housed in Canvas and require the learner to submit a lesson plan, implement it with students, submit student samples and reflect on their process.
Rockingham County Schools Professional Learning Modules on Personalized Learning can be accessed through the link below:
Professional Development Options
for Non-RCS Employees
NCDPI often receives inquiries on how staff that are not in the NCEES system can access PD opportunities within the NCEES catalog.
The online professional modules offered by NCDPI are in Home Base/NCEES. Access to online PD in the Home Base system is managed through an active employee ID Number, so only current employees of North Carolina Public School Districts or Charter Schools can access Home Base.
There is no mechanism for others to access and hence use the educator resources housed in the Home Base system.
Here are a few sites that may help staff search for PD outside of NCEES. The first source is free of cost....others may have a charge associated.
NOTE: not all of these listings are endorsed by NCDPI - check and vette any searches to find what best meets credit needs. Follow local professional development policy on approval processes. Some districts require prior approval before participating in credit earning PD.
DPI Open access modules. Open Access Modules are located on NC Education PD (https://center.ncsu.edu/ncpd/)
Capella University https://www.capella.edu/online-degrees/education-professional-development/
NCSU Friday Institute https://place.fi.ncsu.edu/local/catalog/catalog.php
Professional Development Institute https://www.webteaching.com/ncteacher.html
Teacher CEU Toolbox http://www.teacherceutoolbox.com/
TEACHME PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT http://www.teachmeceus.com/
Virtual Education Software, inc.http://www.virtualeduc.com/courses.php