• KCS Vision for Professional LearningProfessional Learning Framework


    The Knox County Schools Professional Learning Framework reflects the guiding principles that we believe are foundational to providing a meaningful and impactful professional learning experience for Knox County educators. This framework will enable us to direct and monitor our professional learning systems and structures, balance the needs of the district, our students, and our individual educators, and maintain our commitment to invest in our people as learners and leaders.

    For questions regarding professional development for CTE teachers, please contact Ulla Carr at ulla.carr@knoxschools.org.

    Professional Development is available to CTE teachers through:

    • New Teacher Academy (summer kick-off plus 3 meetings throughout the school year)
    • District Learning Days (3x per school year)
    • Teacher Externships
    • Personalized Learning (e.g. through choosing from after-school PD offerings or participating in the Micro-credentials Pilot)


    Teacher Externships

    There are several ways to gain industry experience in the fields we teach which will benefit our students:

    • CTE’s summer externships
    • The Educator in the Workplace program by the Chamber of Commerce
    • The state department’s School Team Externship Program


    KCS Micro-Credential Pilot

    Knox County is partnering with Digital Promise to provide up to 200 KCS educators with a professional learning pathway through which they can gain validated recognition for the skills and competencies they learn throughout their careers. Through an innovative online system, educators select the micro-credentials they are interested in earning, make decisions about the learning they need, submit evidence of their learning, have it reviewed by experts and peers, and earn digital recognition of specific competencies. Educators can earn Personal Learning Hours for the completion of micro-credentials in a variety of areas.

    Want to learn more? Check out Digital Promise's website on Educator Micro-credentials.