Dawn Ashmore, Director
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Dawn Ashmore, Ed.S.




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Professional Learning Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Professional Learning is the means by which teachers, administrators, and other staff acquire, enhance, and refine the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions necessary to create and support high levels of learning for all students.


To provide leadership, technical assistance, and resources to the Georgia education community in order to improve student learning through organizational development and professional learning.


GaDOE Competitive Grants

The Georgia Department of Education is committed to service and support in a collaborative, innovative environment where students have the resources and tools to succeed and be prepared for life. Periodically, funding is available for GaDOE to award to districts and schools in the form of competitive grants, solidifying this commitment to Georgia's students. In an effort to streamline communication and create a consistent application process, GaDOE has created a webpage to post all competitive grant opportunities in one convenient location. This webpage contains a list of open grants including grant overviews, contact information, due dates, links to RFP documents, and links to applications. Future updates will include grant award notices. Access and apply for open competitive grants through the navigation bar above or here​.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​GaDOE P​rofessional Learning Events​ 

​Our GaDOE professional learning events catalog, housed in GaDOE Community, contains registration information for upcoming virtual and in-person webinars, workshops, and conferences. On-demand, pre-recorded webinars and by-request opportunities are also available to meet educators' professional learning needs. Most by-request offerings are virtual, both synchronous and asynchronous.​ Professional learning events are updated weekly, and educational stakeholders are encouraged to visit the site often to review the latest agencywide offerings. View our professional learning events here.

GaDOE Conferences​​ and Learning Series

​Registration information for the following GaDOE-hosted conferences and virtual learning series can be found in the Professional Learning Events calendar here​.

  • ​​Free Structured Literacy Professional Learning​
    Facilitated by the Rollins Center in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, join us for Knowledge Building for Leaders: Setting the Foundation for Structured Literacy Transformation, a free, fast-paced and comprehensive professional learning journey. The courses are available to educational leaders and leadership teams in Georgia at the state, regional, and district level. Join an information session on August 28 at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. to learn more!​​


​​​Join GaDOE Co​mmunity​

GaDOE Community is a private professional networking space to engage with colleagues across the state. Keeping student success at the core of our work, the GaDOE Community site is a platform connecting DOE teams, school and district staff, RESAs and other partners around the state to share important information, discuss ongoing work, and share success stories in ongoing and meaningful collaboration. Community fosters a digital participatory culture where all members actively engage in conversation that promotes continuous learning and innovation in the service of advancing student learning. 

  • ​​​Learn how to join our GaDOE Communi​ty here​.
  • Visit the GaDOE Community here​.

Georg​ia L​earns​

The Georgia Department of Education announces a new online professional learning platform, Georgia Learns, for school and district staff, and education partners in Georgia.  These self-paced, professional learning courses can be accessed within the Statewide Longitudinal Da​​ta System (SLDS) platform through your student information system. Georgia Learns offers modern, flexible learning with these key features:

  • Digital badging credentials
  • SLDS direct access for schools and districts
  • Secure course access for education stakeholders
  • Course quality surveys
  • Mobile access
  • Accessibility features

Georgia Learns offers courses on a variety of topics from departments across GaDOE.​ Learn more here

​​​OpenGov Gue​st Speakers Ag​reement​

​​Are you speaking at a GaDOE sponsored event? The Guest Speaker Agreement must be completed by all external guest speakers, who are not seeking compensation for their appearance, at a GaDOE sponsored event. The purpose of this agreement is to grant GaDOE permission to use all materials provided by the guest speaker (presentations, recordings, resources, photographs) for future training purposes. The agreement must be completed a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the guest appearance. Access OpenGov using the link below, select the GaDOE office hosting the event, and complete the Guest Speaker form. If you are new to our OpenGov site you will be required to create a free account. The training video below will assist guest speakers through the process of completing our OpenGov Guest Speakers Agreement.