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1242 - Professional Development

The School District will maintain a coordinated system of professional development. The purpose of the system is to increase student achievement, enhance classroom instructional strategies that promote rigor and relevance throughout the curriculum, and prepare students for continuing education in the workforce.

The District's comprehensive professional development plan will incorporate school improvement plans, will align with the Florida Professional Development System Evaluation Protocol Standards, which support the framework for standards adopted by the National Staff Development Council, and will align with the principal leadership training. Furthermore, the results of the performance evaluations of administrators conducted pursuant to State law and School Board Policy 1220 will be used when identifying areas for which professional development is needed.

The District's comprehensive professional development plan will be updated by September 1st, annually. Any substantial revisions to the District's plan will be submitted to the FLDOE for their review for continued approval. The Board will annually consider and adopt an updated comprehensive professional development plan, so that verification of the adoption can be submitted to the Commissioner of Education not later than October 1st of each year.

The Board will authorize expenditures to continuously strengthen the District's system of professional development. The plan will also provide for training for each teacher who will use materials that were purchased with funds allocated by the State for instructional materials, provide for in-service credit for the training, and document satisfactory completion of the training by each teacher.

The in-service activities for administrators shall focus on analysis of student achievement data, the use of the Board-adopted evaluation program for instructional staff, ongoing formal and informal assessments of student achievement, identification and use of enhanced and differentiated instructional strategies that emphasize rigor, relevance, and reading in the content areas, enhancement of subject content expertise, integrated use of classroom technology that enhances teaching and learning, classroom management, parent involvement, and school safety. Additionally, in-service activities will be made available for administrators of nonpublic schools in the District.

There shall be an individual professional development plan for each administrator assigned to a school as a component of the school improvement plans developed pursuant to State law. The individual professional development plan shall:

  A. define the in-service objectives and specific measurable improvements expected in student performance as a result of the in-service activity;


  B. include an evaluation component that determines the effectiveness of the professional development plan;


  C. include in-service activities for school administrative personnel that address updated skills necessary for instructional leadership and effective school management;


  D. provide for systematic consultation with regional and State personnel designated to provide technical assistance and evaluation of local professional development programs;


  E. provide for delivery of professional development by distance learning and other technology-based delivery systems to reach more educators at lower costs;


  F. provide for the continuous evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of professional development programs in order to eliminate ineffective programs and strategies and to expand effective ones. Evaluations must consider the impact of such activities on the performance of participating educators and their students' achievement and behavior.


By July 1st of each year and prior to the release of funds for instructional materials, pursuant to statutory requirements, the Superintendent will certify to the Commissioner of Education that the Board has approved a comprehensive professional development plan that requires fidelity of implementation of instructional materials that are in the first two years of the adoption cycle. The report will also include verification that the training was provided.

The Superintendent shall annually report to the Board on the implementation of the plan.

F.S. 1001.42, 1011.62, 1011.67, 1012.22, 1012.34, 1012.98, 1012.985, 1012.986

Revised 4/1/14

© Neola 2011

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