Department Overview

  • The Office of Teaching & Learning combines the function of curriculum development and teacher training in a way that leads to effective implementation of curricular content in our classrooms. The office seeks to create skilled, reflective practitioners by providing learning opportunities for employees to acquire new skills and knowledge. With the collaboration of educational stakeholders, we initiate a system of districtwide strategic professional development that encompasses ongoing, planned, and comprehensive job-embedded experiences.

    Statement of Purpose

    The purpose of the Jackson Public School District Professional Development Plan (PDP) is to encourage and support certified and classified personnel in their continuous effort to grow professionally.  Professional development serves as a bridge that connects where novice and experienced educators are now to where they need to be to meet the new challenges of preparing students for the 21st-century workplace; advancing levels of technology; and increasing accountability for student achievement.

    Goals of Professional Development

    The goals of implementing the Standards for Professional Learning are to outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to the following:

    • Effective teaching practices.
    • Supportive leadership.
    • Improved student results.
    • Results-driven high-quality professional development activities.

    Our staff is committed to encouraging and supporting certified and classified personnel in their continuous effort to grow professionally. Professional Development serves as a bridge that connects where prospective and experienced educators are now, and where they will need to be to meet the challenges of guiding all students in achieving to higher standards of learning and development. By directly communicating with the various offices within JPS, the Office of Professional Development is able to inform schools and administrative offices of training activities that are available throughout each school year.

Contact Information

  • 624 South President Street
    Jackson, MS 39201
    (601) 960-8355

    Contact Teaching & Learning

    Dr. Kymyona Burk, Executive Director

    Kimberly Smith, Director of Teacher Development (Elementary) 

    Angela Givhan, Director of Teacher Development (Secondary)

    Lori Harris, Administrative Assistant

Last Modified on October 27, 2019