Professional Development


The James Center sponsors professional development seminars given throughout the semester on various topics in education. These seminars are led by alumni, current teachers, administrators, and other professionals who provide invaluable insight on the education profession. All students are encouraged to attend!

Did you know? In order to keep teacher licensure in North Carolina, you are required to attend professional development. So attending seminars while at Appalachain is great practice!

For dates/times/locations:  

Access the list of all offerings for Spring 2019 or explore our calendar. 

Access recordings of previous professional development seminars here. 

Questions? Contact Dr. Alicia Muhammad at

Past Seminar Topics

Cooperative Learning Strategies (K-6, applied to K-12)

Working in a Title I School

National Alliance on Mental Illness "In Your Own Voice"

The Differences that Teachers Make

Family Involvement 101

The Impact of Education Policy on the Classroom

Making Science Engaging for All Learners (Elem.)

Become a Global Educator Through International Student Teaching

Classroom Management-Setting the Stage for Learning

Break Out of the Norm: Using Breakout Boxes to Increase Engagement and Teach Content

Recent Trends and Issues

I See You: Instructional and Behavioral Practices that Promote Inclusive Practices

Flexible Seating and Whole Brain Teaching in the Classroom

Creating an Inclusive Classroom Library

Engaging the 21st Century Student (Secondary 9-12)

What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching

Teacher as a Parent: Seeing School in a Different Lens

Brain Based Learning

Becoming a True Professional

Toxic Stress + Your Legacy = Making a Difference

Trauma in Our Schools: How it Affects Us and What to Do About It..."Playing Chess in a Hurricane"

Classroom Management


At Appalachian we find great value in staying in touch with our alumni. We are always looking for alumni to come back and present seminars. If you are interested, please contact Trisha Caviness at