Professional Development

The RCOE Professional Development Passport Program

Did you know? In order to keep teacher licensure in North Carolina, you are required to attend professional development.

The James Center for Student Success and Advising support professional development programming for students to earn PD credit while earning their teacher education degree. The Professional Development Passport Program is a new program that will help you align your professional development activities to the North Carolina Teacher Education Standards! Students in the 2019-2020 Academic Year and who attend a First Steps to Teaching Meeting will receive a Professional Development Passport. 

All teacher education students will earn a minimum of twenty (20) professional developmen activities by the time they reach the end of their student teaching. In most cases, you will earn more! You may choose professional development actitivies from a number of opportunities you will find in Appsync, other activities across the campus, teacher education meetings you might attend, and other off-campus opportunities such as professional conferences. The selection of your professional development is up to you! You just need to make sure your choices increase your knowledge of the competencies identified in the NC Teacher Education Standards. 

Professional Development opportunities can be found on the Reich College of Education Appsync group. To get access to all the opportunies available on the site, you must log-in to Appsync and request to become a member. A newsletter listing in-person and virtual professional development opportunities is emailed to all members weekly. Approved passport professional development activities are listed under the Reich College of Education's events. You must complete a professional development reflection using the 3-2-1 Exit Ticket below.

Questions? Contact Dr. Alicia Muhammad at

James Center for Student Success and Advising Speakers Series

On Being Fearless in Your First Year of Teaching

"In the beginning, Brooke Sumner wondered if she’d made the right decision. Sumner left her successful corporate job and followed her heart to teach teenagers. She describes her first two years as extremely trying, with many late nights, a few tears and a lot of self-doubt. But she stuck with it, worked harder and asked for help from veteran teachers."

High Point Central English teacher named district's Teacher of the Year - By Jessie Pounds Sep 20, 2018 


Thursday - February 27, 2020

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

RCOE - Gordon Gathering Hall Rm 124A

Presenter: Ms. Brooke Sumner - Guilford County Schools Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

Ms. Brooke Sumner will present with a Q & A on her journey to teacher of the year in Guilford County Schools. She will provide insight into the challenges and blessings that come from experiencing a first year in the classroom and with the challenges that many first year teachers face and are discussed less.

This session will focus on the challenges of first year teachers and practical tips to thrive as classroom leader in service to the commonality of all students’ needs. Ms. Sumner’s first year at High Point Central, an urban high school in Guilford County, was extremely challenging. With ineffective classroom management, at times, she felt like a failure and questioned her decision to leave a successful advertising career. However, through hard work, serious reflection, and strong coaching support, she began to make strategic changes that positively affected her classroom, eventually creating an uplifting classroom environment, where students began to flourish.

After eight years of teaching, she was named Guilford County Schools 2018-19 Teacher of the Year. Now, she uses her initial struggles and transformation to mentor teachers and offer hope, guidance, and practical strategies through instructional coaching and workshops for the school district. Her talk will cover the following areas of interest to future teachers: Building resilience in a new career and thriving, the importance of professional reflection, strategic classroom management planning, strategic instructional planning, and how to foster an uplifting environment where all your students will flourish.

Ms. Sumner is currently a multi-classroom leader and coaches six ELA teachers at Welborn Academy, grades 6-8. The previous eight years she taught English - all levels from IB to CP - grades 10 & 11.

Relevant NC Professional Teaching Standards:
1: Leadership
2: Diversity
4. Instruction
5: Reflection

Rubric for Evaluating North Carolina Teachers

All teacher education majors are encouraged to attend!

Please RSVP HERE as refreshments will be served.

3-2-1 Professional Development Exit Ticket

  • Three (3) New Ideas/Concepts/Practices I learned at the PD Event
  • Two (2) New Ideas/Concepts/Practices I'd like to know more about
  • One (1) New Idea/Concept/Practice I will implement in my teaching practice that's related to my PD Goals

Read more to learn how to submit a reflection!