Teacher Question: Professional Development

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    Can our BGPers who teach tell us about the concept of "Professional Development" and how funds for such activities are doled out and the rules that surround them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Can our BGPers who teach tell us about the concept of "Professional Development" and how funds for such activities are doled out and the rules that surround them?
    It varies from district to district. Right now the state provides NO FUNDS for professional development so the cost of such PD is born either by the district or by the individual. My contract requires me to have 24 hours of professional development AND because I am an administrator the state requires that I also have 21 hours of Educational Leadership training.

    If there is some awesome "Reading" PD given over three or 4 days in the summer that has a cost attached to it, I can ask the Superintendent if he/she would foot the bill, or if not I will have to pay for it and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Can our BGPers who teach tell us about the concept of "Professional Development" and how funds for such activities are doled out and the rules that surround them?

    I have been retired for 5 years, so some things may have changed some. In my district, you too had to have around 24 hours of PD. You could not get this during paid school time. It would be in the summer, after school days or Saturday. Our district provided some options for PD you could attend. Some was taught by people in our system, others were contracted out.
    If you needed/chose to travel outside the system, you paid for it yourself.

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    What are the professional development days during the school year where the students are out but teachers report?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75center View Post
    What are the professional development days during the school year where the students are out but teachers report?
    I don't know about most districts but in our district they are professional development in name only. Usually they are work/training days required by the teacher contract. Students are required to attend X number of days, while teachers are required to work Y number of days. Y is usually about 4 more than X. Those 4 +/- days are the "professional development" days during the school year. The term professional development has become a catch-all for any day working without students, but it really is the wrong word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    I don't know about most districts but in our district they are professional development in name only. Usually they are work/training days required by the teacher contract. Students are required to attend X number of days, while teachers are required to work Y number of days. Y is usually about 4 more than X. Those 4 +/- days are the "professional development" days during the school year. The term professional development has become a catch-all for any day working without students, but it really is the wrong word.
    My kids' schools called them "in-service days".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    My kids' schools called them "in-service days".
    Yeah, we used to as well. That term has fallen out of favor in our district for some reason. But they're always changing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    I don't know about most districts but in our district they are professional development in name only. Usually they are work/training days required by the teacher contract. Students are required to attend X number of days, while teachers are required to work Y number of days. Y is usually about 4 more than X. Those 4 +/- days are the "professional development" days during the school year. The term professional development has become a catch-all for any day working without students, but it really is the wrong word.

    Thanks for the info.

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