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Professional development opportunities are provided to help staff develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to help students learn.  High-quality professional development begins by examining student learning needs and identifying staff capacity to meet those identified areas of need.  The intended outcome of professional development for all SMCPS employees is improved professional practice that leads to increased student achievement.

A variety of professional learning opportunities are provided in St. Mary’s County Public Schools including coursework, professional learning communities, and peer coaching. These opportunities are differentiated for the variety of roles of staff within St. Mary’s County Public Schools.