Professional Development in Florida

Pursuant to section 1012.98, Florida Statutes, School Community Professional Development Act, the purpose of the professional development system is to increase student achievement, enhance classroom instructional strategies that promote rigor and relevance throughout the curriculum, and prepare students for continuing education and the workforce. Professional learning is the result of the individual's commitment to improvement. The statewide professional development system supports that commitment through:

  • State standards for professional development at the educator, school and district level;
  • Rigorous and relevant curriculum based on state and local educational standards and initiatives;
  • Improvement planning based on needs assessments and results from personnel evaluation;
  • Opportunities for professional collaboration and collegial team learning practices; and
  • Sharing professional learning practices, resources and technical assistance statewide.

The following information and resources are provided in support of district work on the development and continuing improvement of professional development systems to support student learning and proficiency development for instructional personnel, school administrators and support staff:

Please send all professional development inquiries to

Josey McDaniel, Senior Educational Program Director
Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention

Turlington Building, Suite 124
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-0558