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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A competitive grant is a discretionary grant that is awarded through a process defined by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). Periodically, funding is available for GaDOE to award to districts and schools in the form of competitive grants, solidifying our commitment to service and support in a collaborative, innovative environment where students have the resources and tools to succeed and be prepared for life. In an effort to streamline communication and create a consistent application process, GaDOE has a webpage with 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 RFA documents, links to applications, grants coming soon, and 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 catalog​.

3D Science Assessment in the Classroom

Join the GaDOE Science Team for professional learning focused on assessment for science educators. This workshop-style session will engage participants in analyzing and developing three-dimensional science assessments for use in the classroom. Sessions are offered at each RESA location beginning January 10 through February 13, 2024. 

E​nglish Language Arts (ELA) Standards Launch Tour​​

Are you curious about the new Georgia’s K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Standards? District leaders and RESAs are invited to join the GaDOE ELA team at one of our seven events across the state as part of the ELA Standards Launch Tour. The same information will be shared at each event. The morning session will provide an overview of the structural and conceptual shifts in the newly adopted standards (slated for full implementation with updated assessments in 2025-26). Districts are encouraged to send two leaders so they are able to attend both the K-5 and 6-12 afternoon literacy sessions. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the new ELA standards and available resources to begin the training process at the district level.​ Session dates are available between January 9-19, 2024.

​​Georgia Litera​cy Academy

The Georgia Department of Education is partnering with the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy to make the Georgia Literacy Academy available to all K-5 teachers and leaders in the state free of charge. A course manual for the Georgia Literacy Academy courses, which are available in the Georgia Learns platform, is available here.

Lead School S​ocial​ Work Workshop ​

Elevate your impact as a lead School Social Worker at this workshop exclusively tailored to meet the needs of school district leaders in this critical role. One school social worker per district is invited to attend. In the event that a school district does not have a designated lead School Social Worker, we welcome the participation of a student services professional who plays a pivotal role in supporting the well-being of students in their district.​ This is an in-person workshop scheduled for Janaury 30, 2024.​


​​​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.