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6160 PROFESSIONAL GROWTH/STAFF DEVELOPMENT
The Board of Education believes that staff training and development help ensure the success of educational programs and improve the efficiency of the District. Therefore, the District will provide development opportunities to staff to increase their effectiveness and job performance. The Superintendent of Schools shall be responsible for implementing and administering staff development programs for the District's employees.
It is recommended that administration develop meaningful in-service and/or staff development programs which will achieve the following:
a) Contribute to the instructional program of the schools;
b) Contribute to improved education for students;
c) Achieve state mandates; and
d) Enhance the professional competencies and/or instructional abilities of staff members.
The Board of Education, therefore, encourages all employees to improve their competencies beyond that which they may obtain through the regular performance of their assigned duties. Opportunities should be provided for:
a) Planned in-service programs, courses, seminars, and workshops offered both within the School System and outside the District.
b) Visits to other classrooms and schools, as well as attendance at professional meetings, for the purpose of improving instruction and/or educational services.
c) Orientation/re-orientation of staff members to program and/or organizational changes as well as District expectations.
Attendance at such professional development programs must be directly linked to the duties and responsibilities comprising the job description of the employee. Consequently, employees are encouraged to participate in the planning of staff development programs designed to meet their specific needs.
Members of the staff are also encouraged to continue their formal education as well as to attend their respective work-related workshops, conferences and meetings.
All administrators in the
All teachers will be provided with substantial professional development opportunities directly related to student learning in accordance with any applicable collective bargaining agreement and the District's Professional Development Plan. The plan shall include:
a) A needs analysis, goals, objectives, strategies, activities and evaluation standards for professional development in the District and a description of how the District will provide all teachers substantial professional development activities directly related to student learning needs identified in school report cards and other sources.
b) A description of how the professional development provided will align with
c) A description of how it will provide teachers holding a professional certificate with opportunities to maintain their certificate in good standing by successfully completing 175 hours of professional development every five years.
d) A mentoring program to provide support for new teachers in order to ease the transition from teacher preparation to practice, thereby increasing retention of teachers in the public schools, and to increase the skills of new teachers in order to improve student achievement.
The Board shall establish a Education Program Committee to review and revise the District's Professional Development Plan annually. The Board shall appoint members to the Comittee at the first regular Board meeting in September.
The Professional Development Team shall meet on or before October 1. The Superintendent or his/her designee will serve as the Chair of the team and will be responsible for ensuring the timely review and revision of the District's Professional Development Plan.
The Professional Development Team will submit any recommended revisions to the Professional Development Plan to the Board by April 1. The Board will consider the recommendations at its first regular meeting thereafter. The Board may accept or reject the recommendations of the team in whole or in part. The Board may also request any additional information or data needed to evaluate the success of the program in achieving its objectives.
Any further changes in the plan must be submitted to the Board by June 1. The Board will consider and act on the revised plan by June 30th. The Board reserves the right to make changes to the revised plan.
Other Professional Staff and Support Staff
The District will provide staff development activities for other professional staff and support staff within the financial constraints of the District budget and in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements.
Other Staff Development Opportunities
The Board recognizes that many staff development opportunities are provided through non-school district sources. Within budgetary restraints, District employees may attend conferences, workshops, study councils, in-service courses, summer study grants, school visitations, and other relevant staff development opportunities.
Released time and reimbursement for such activities will be available upon approval of the Superintendent and in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. The Superintendent may establish regulations pursuant to this policy to establish the circumstances under which such release time and reimbursement may be available. Staff members who attend such activities will be required to prepare a report or summary of the activity attended.
Mentoring Programs for First Year Teachers
First year teachers must participate in a mentoring program as a component of the
Education Law Sections 1604(27), 3004 and 3006
General Municipal Law Sections 77-b and 77-c
80-3.4(b)(2), 80-5.13, 80-5.14 and 100.2(dd)