Office of Professional Development

Current Professional Learning Opportunities

For training opportunities, please see our "Training Calendar" link at the right, or speak with your district PD Director

About Us

The Office of Professional Development (OPD) at Heartland Educational Consortium (HEC) became an additional resource and support for the six rural districts in February, 2005.

The OPD organizes and provides a variety of professional learning opportunities for executive, administrative, instructional, and support personnel to assist them in their quest for improving their efficiency and effectiveness in boosting overall student achievement. The OPD views professional development as a vital conduit in helping each of the school districts in achieving their own district goals by ensuring a variety of development opportunities that tap stakeholders’ potential while enhancing the knowledge and skills needed for professional growth.

The Professional Development team includes a coordinator, Dr. Gina Stafford and a secretary, Donna Varady. Dr. Gina Stafford is new to HEC, but joins the organization with over 7 years of experience in Professional Development and 14 years in education. She has previously held roles as both a school-based and district-based leader as well as a teacher and teacher leader. She comes to OPD with expertise in: Professional Learning Design, Facilitation, and Evaluation; Observation/Evaluation Processes; Curriculum Development; Instructional Design; Performance Management; and Grant Writing/Compliance.

Donna Varady is a veteran employee of HEC with over 15 years experience. She has served the districts through a variety of initiatives, grants and programs including, but not limited to the Florida Migrant Interstate Project, Title I, Alternative Certification, SES, and now Professional Development. She is a valuable asset and is a critical player in maintaining open lines of communication between HEC and the six districts as she assists in coordinating all professional development training from advertisement and registration to set-up, evaluation, and closure for all professional learning.

Heartland Educational Consortium strives to align professional development to the standards for professional learning from Learning Forward (formerly known as NSDC) which were revised in 2011.