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March 5, 2007
433. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Continuing professional study and inservice training are prerequisites for
professional development, enhanced ability to complete responsibilities, and
The Board encourages all professional employees to further their professional and
personal advancement through graduate courses, inservice training, and professional
In order to continue employment in the district, professional employees are required
to meet all obligations necessary to maintain active certification.
Only courses of study that are preapproved shall be eligible for reimbursement by
the district or movement on the salary schedule by an employee.
Reimbursement for credits for approved graduate study or special courses shall be
made in accordance with terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Documentary evidence of satisfactory completion of all study programs shall be
Approved graduate study or special courses/programs may be of sufficient
advantage to the district to warrant an increase in an employee's annual salary, upon
satisfactory completion. Such an increase will be in accordance with terms of the
collective bargaining agreement, after satisfactory completion of the program and
submission of documentary evidence.
Sec. 4.13, 49.16
The district shall comply with Department of Education regulations in developing
and maintaining an induction plan for first-year teachers and teachers new to the
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Professional Education Plan
Sec. 4.13, 49.17
The Board shall appoint to the professional education committee parents/guardians
and representatives of the community and local businesses. Representatives of
administrators, teachers and educational specialists on the professional education
committee shall be selected by their respective members.
The Board shall approve a professional education plan that is designed to meet the
educational needs of the district and its employees; specifies approved courses,
programs, activities and learning experiences, including those designed to improve
teachers' knowledge in subject areas covered by academic standards; and identifies
approved providers. The Board shall approve the plan prior to submission for
approval by the Department of Education.
The Board shall ensure an annual review of the district's professional education plan
by the professional education committee to determine if the plan continues to meet
the needs of the district, the Strategic Plan, and the employees, students and
community. The professional education committee may recommend amendments to
the plan, subject to approval by the Board and the Department of Education.
The Board may approve, on a case-by-case basis, specific professional education
activities not stated within the district's professional education plan. Board approval
is not required for credits or hours required for administrator certification, earned
through activities conducted by providers approved by the Department of Education
or the Department itself, or related to the area of assignment or certification.
If the district assumes all costs of credits or hours, the Board may disapprove any
course, program, activity or learning experience that is inconsistent with the goals of
the professional education plan.
Sec. 4.13, 49.16,