Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - 2016-2017

Emily Hollingsworth, CHAIR


  • Cheryl Killebrew

  • Melanie Dickerson

  • Jeff Haines

  • Angel Williams

  • Angie Adams

  • J.R. Baker

  • Rozhan Sadik

 

Definition

Professional Development education is defined as a program of planned activities designed to increase the competencies needed by all licensed personnel in the performance of their professional responsibilities. In this context, "competencies" are defined as the knowledge, skills and attitudes which enable personnel to carry out their tasks with maximum effectiveness. Professional development must be relevant and related to the teacher's professional responsibilities.

Legal Basis

Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 49-6-3004, states that a teacher's 200 day contract must include five (5) days of professional development education.  This applies to any person who holds a Tennessee Teacher License and is employed by the Robertson County Board of Education. It is the responsibility of the educator to fulfill this five (5) day requirement based on a principal approved plan of activities that best meet the needs of the teacher and the overall goals of the school.

Time Line and Hours

The thirty (30) hours or five (5) days for each school year shall be earned beginning May 1 and ending April 30 of the following year. Credit shall be awarded for a teacher who completes the professional development session in its entirety.

The principal will design the Individual Professional Development Plan with each teacher. The plan can include in-county and out-of-county activities. For any out-of-county activity, teachers must submit the PD Approval form to Federal Programs prior to attending the session. All activities require the principal's prior approval. The last day for teachers to submit PD Approval forms for out-of-county professional development during the current school year is March 31. Proof of attendance and the RCS Reflection form signed by the principal should be submitted to Federal Programs within one month of the professional development activity. Special circumstances will require approval by the Supervisor of Federal Programs.
 
A teacher who misses a district-required or school-required professional development session may be required to present a doctor's note for the absence; however, sick leave may not be used in place of professional development. If the teacher is allowed to make up those missed hours, the principal will work with that teacher to determine the professional development activity in which he or she will participate to make up those missed hours. Further, teachers may not participate in professional development activities while they are on medical leave.

Teachers are required to sign in to each session and to complete the online evaluation following the session in order to receive credit hours.

The number of hours of credit awarded a teacher shall be determined by the actual teacher's role in the activity. The teacher may serve as a participant or presenter.

PARTICIPANT


A participant may be awarded one (1) hour of credit for each hour spent as a participant. A participant is a teacher who attends a workshop, conference, training session, etc.


PRESENTER


Presenters will be compensated for their time with professional development hours, payment for services, OR a combination of both.

Total hours will be calculated as follows: For each session hour, a presenter will be granted one hour for attendance, one hour for preparation, and one hour for presenting.

Example: 3 hour session --- 3 hours for attendance, 3 hours for preparation, and 3 hours for presenting = 9 Hours

IF there is more than one presenter:

  •  Each presenter will acquire one hour for each hour attended.
  •  Preparation and presenting hours will be divided equally by the total number of presenters.

IF the session is presented subsequent times during the same school year, preparation hours will not be paid or professional development hours applied.

**Different guidelines apply for teachers who have been hired to serve as teacher leaders or literacy leaders for the district.

APPROVED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES


The Professional Development Directory (SchoolStation) is the most up-to date listing of professional development opportunities.  The activities are scheduled by district and school personnel based on needs identified by school administrators and teachers.  School Improvement Plans and student data results are also utilized in determining professional development needs (e.g. subgroup achievement gaps and content area deficits).

 Committee Work 

A teacher may be awarded up to 6 hours of professional development credit for serving on an AdvancED or SIP committee.  Up to twelve (12) hours may be awarded to an individual (1) committee chair.  Prior approval will have to be obtained for co-chairs who request more than 6 hours. These hours are available only during years when a school has an AdvanceED visit or submits a SIP to the state.  Other hours may be requested based on school needs and SIP revisions. 

A teacher may be awarded a maximum of three (3) hours for serving on a textbook committee.

A teacher must present documentation with the actual number of hours served outside of the school day.

Non-Approved Activities

Professional development credit shall not be allowed for activities scheduled during the regular school teaching days. Non-approved activities include:

  • parent teacher conferences

  • school year orientations/open houses

  • teachers working in their rooms

  • working on permanent records

  • business meeting for professional association

  • coaching/cheerleading clinics, including Honor Band/Choir

  • college courses for credit (except for renewal of the Professional License)

  • conferences/workshops that occur on a day when schools are closed during inclement weather or other event which uses stockpiled time

  • conferences for which the participant receives a stipend that is equal to his/her daily rate of pay

  • visits to exhibits, historical sites, theatrical performances, movies, personal trips, and other activities not specifically intended as teacher training, workshop or activities which have not been pre-approved by the principal

  • other activities that do not specifically address improving knowledge, skills and attitudes of the teachers

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