Professional Development

Our outstanding educators receive encouragement and support to hone their craft and stay up-to-date with the latest research. Our teachers know they are expected to keep growing and learning, and they are motivated by a professional community that values new ideas and approaches.

Professional development is an ongoing experience. Every five years, each faculty member is expected to complete 80 hours of training in order to stay current with the latest research. Additionally, every teacher must have a minimum of 10 hours of diversity and inclusion training for each of their continuing/ongoing education cycles.

“Country Day has enriched my life and made me a better teacher due to the exceptional professional development the school provides. In my years of teaching here, I’ve been the lucky recipient of life-changing grants to explore the Amazon and Peruvian highlands, the Balkans, and Mexico. Experiencing these cultures first hand allows me to provide a deeper understanding for my students.”

Jennifer Joyner, Middle School Spanish, 18 years at Country Day

Professional Conferences

Faculty, staff, and administrators regularly attend professional conferences. Examples include:

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA) Convention
  • CARLE Institute
  • City Term Masters School
  • Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC)
  • Learning and the Brain Conference
  • Mooresville Graded Public Schools Technology Boot Camp
  • National Association of Independent School (NAIS) Diversity Leadership Institute
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference
  • National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Conference
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Regional Conference
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Teacher to Teacher Conference
  • North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) State Conference
  • NC School Counselor Conference
  • Paideia Institute
  • Reading Summit for Educators
  • Responsive Classroom training
  • Teachers College Summer Reading Institute
  • TESOL International Association Conference
  • World View Conference

Faculty Travel Grants and Sabbaticals

Travel is essential to Country Day's broad approach to global mindedness. Grants and sabbaticals make it possible for teachers to pursue knowledge through first-hand experiences all over the globe and make curricula connections while enhancing their life experiences. Learn more about faculty travel grants and sabbaticals.

Upper School teacher

Professional Development Highlights

  • Seven annual travel grants provide opportunities for international travel related to curriculum and professional growth
  • A wide range of opportunities (conferences, workshops, retreats, book studies, etc.) foster institutional and personal goals
  • Expenses are fully covered (travel, transportation, registration, materials, lodging, meals, etc.)
  • Support for advanced degrees is provided

Teachers as Experts

Many of our teachers also present their teaching strategies and expertise at various regional and national conferences, including:

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Annual Conference
  • People of Color in Independent Schools Conference (POCC)
  • Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Conference
  • American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference