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NCDPI Professional Development Calendar
This online calendar lists informational and training events for educators that are sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction, other government agencies and non-profit agencies. The purpose is to provide equitable access to job opportunities in North Carolina schools and professional growth opportunities related to either the North Carolina Standard Course of Study or the State Board's Strategic Priorities.

North Carolina Professional Development Directory
This directory provides information about organizations offering professional development to teachers, administrators, and staff of North Carolina public schools. Please direct questions about specific courses and workshops to the provider in question.


What is Professional Development?

Definition of Professional Development (2009) (pdf, 19kb)

Learning Forward

Pathways to School Improvement (NCREL)-Professional Development


Professional Educators of North Carolina

North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT)
Offers a full complement of professional development activities, including residential seminars, teacher-scholar residencies, and other programs.

North Carolina Teaching Academy (NCTA)
Provides quality professional development in the areas of school committee leadership, instruction, core content and the use of modern technology.

Center for School Leadership Development
Programs include:

  • MSEN - Mathematics and Science Education Network
  • PFP - Principal Fellows Program
  • NC MTEC - Model Teacher Education Consortium
  • NC Teach - Teachers of Excellence for All Children
  • NC Rise - Restructuring Initiative in Special Education
  • NC SIP - State Improvement Project

Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC)
One of 16 technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education; provides intensive technical assistance to Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to address the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and meet student achievement goals.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL)
This regional laboratory, sponsored by the Federal Government, specializes in the educational applications of research and technology.

Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
This regional laboratory is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center that supports and promotes teaching and learning excellence in the Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 education community.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
This is the largest national organization representing school administrators. It provides information on topics of interest, including legislative information, to school leaders of all job descriptions. AASA publishes a calendar, The Conference Daily, and a job bulletin.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented

Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
ASCD is a membership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. They provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

The Educator’s Reference Desk
From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, the Educator's Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on: 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.

US Department of Education

RAND Education
RAND researchers have policy and hands-on experience in education and training. Research includes K-12 assessment and accountability, school reform, teachers and teaching, higher education, military education and training, worker training, and substance-abuse prevention in schools.

NC Education
Directions for creating an account, accessing modules, accessing survey are listed below. For additional technical assistance contact Beth Ann Williams at or the NCSU HelpDesk at or via phone at 919.515.1320

  • How to create a NC Education account
    (pdf, 558kb)
  • How to print a certificate within NC Education
    (pdf, 347kb)


Online Professional Development

DPI's Distance Learning

United Star Distance Learning Consortium (USDLC)

Online Courses for NC Teachers

eLearning for Educators

NC Community Colleges Online PD

NC Learning Objects Repository (NCLOR)


PD 360

(pdf, 49kb)

PBS LearningMedia

PD In Focus


Z Smith Reynolds Foundation

Wallace Foundation

Milken Foundation

US Department of Education


North Carolina Association of Educators

NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey

National Board Certification

NC School Report Card

North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA)

North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute

North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence

Public School Forum of North Carolina

North Carolina General Assembly