Flexible Professional Development (Flex PD) - 2020-2021
District Professional Development hours provide educators with opportunities to personalize and align PD directly with a professional learning, student learning, school improvement, or a strategic plan goal. Furthermore, the PD can align directly with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education re-licensure requirements.
For Flex PD, there are two pathways available. The first pathway is to complete one of the five online PD learning modules the Professional Development Committee has identified. The modules are organized and structured.
The second pathway is self/team directed. An educator, or in a team partnership, can identify Professional Development that aligns with his/her, or the group’s, student learning, professional practice, school improvement, or strategic plan goal. The individual, or team, is responsible for organizing and completing the self-directed pathway. The District will not reimburse any expense incurred for this pathway. It is required that the 6 hours be completed outside of the 184 days, between July 1, 2020, and June 1, 2021, as the 6 hours of PD counts as the 185th contractual day.
This year the District is entering into year three of implementing Flexible Professional Development. This provides educators with opportunities to personalize and align PD directly with a professional goal, student learning goals, school improvement plan, or strategic plan goal. Furthermore, the PD can align directly with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education re-licensure requirements.
To provide guidance on the six hours of PD, the District Professional Development Committee (PDC) created a framework on how to organize and complete the six hours of learning. We want to thank the PDC and the Associations for their input and feedback in the development of this framework. Our two years of implementation (2018-2020) were a great success.