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Contact Information

To receive more information on GCS ACT, please contact:

Terrik Higgins
GCS ACT
Guilford County Schools
Human Resources Office
712 North Eugene St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
(336) 378-8823 ext. 4 phone
higgint2@gcsnc.com

GCS ACT Course Descriptions

Date

Course

Hours

Summer I

Foundations of Teaching and Learning

80

Fall

Frameworks for Success Seminar I

30

Spring

Frameworks for Success Seminar II

30

Summer II

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

30

Using Data to Inform Instructional Decisions

30

Designing Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences

30

Facilitating Learning Using Best Practices

30

Classroom Leadership and Management

30

12 Months

 

290

 

Foundations for Teaching in Guilford County Schools
Designed for newly-hired Guilford County School lateral entry teachers and will cover the basic information needed to encourage a successful beginning to the first academic year in Guilford County Schools.  Topics include instructional preparation and presentation, time management, learning expectations, evaluation, curriculum principles and planning, policies and procedures, as well as contemporary educational trends and issues.  This course is web-enhanced and includes a mandatory summer school teaching observation component.  All GCS ACT courses are taught by GCS Master Teachers.  

Framework for Teaching Seminar Series I
The first Framework for Teaching Seminar will assist first-semester GCS lateral entry teachers in their transition into the education profession.  New lateral entry teachers will be supported through a series of orientation sessions, seminars, symposiums, and mentor services.   Included topics will be skills-based and time-sensitive.

Framework for Teaching Seminar Series II
The second Framework for Teaching Seminar will extend the support to second-semester GCS lateral entry teachers as they continue to transition into the education profession.  New lateral entry teachers will be supported through a series of orientation sessions, seminars, symposiums, and mentor services.  Included topics will be skills-based and time-sensitive.

Classroom Leadership and Management
This course is designed for Guilford County School Lateral Entry teachers.  Competencies in motivating and increasing student learning through the development of positive interpersonal relationships in the classroom, effective classroom organization and instruction, and altering unproductive student behavior will be addressed.  In this course, lateral entry teachers will reflect on previous behavior management strategies used and develop and/or improve behavior management plans for use in their classrooms that are cohesive with the given school’s behavior code. 

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
This course is designed for Guilford County School Lateral Entry teachers.  This course will provide lateral entry teachers with a comprehensive knowledge-base and the necessary skills to effectively support the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms.  Topics include discussions of how culture, language, socio-economic status, special needs, religion, gender, and sexual orientation affect teaching and learning.

Designing Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences
This course is designed for Guilford County School Lateral Entry teachers.  This course is a study of the teaching and learning process within the school environment.  Topics include the evaluation of teaching resources and curriculum materials for their comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usefulness for representing particular ideas and concepts; discussions on how curricular materials can be designed and used to enhance student learning and motivation; classroom organization for engaging learning experiences; and age-appropriate teaching strategies. 

Facilitating Learning Using Best Practices
This course is designed for Guilford County School Lateral Entry teachers.  This course provides lateral entry teachers an introduction to learning theory, learning styles, multiple intelligences, and motivational factors involved in the learning process.  Proven best practices for teaching will be discussed and methods for applying these to practical classroom situations will be demonstrated. 

Data and Assessment Literacy for Teachers
This course is designed for Guilford County School Lateral Entry teachers.  This course will address methods appropriate for assessing students' individual learning needs in an assessment- and performance-based curriculum, and constructing, implementing, and evaluating, short- and long-term instructional plans in specific content area(s) to meet those needs.  Lateral entry teachers will learn how to select, construct, score, analyze and interpret assessments.  Topics include basic principles and practical applications of educational testing, writing test questions, constructing test forms, and analyzing test data.   

 

 

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