5:100 - Staff Development Program and Professional Opportunities

Policy 5:100

Personnel

Staff Development Program and Professional Opportunities

The Superintendent or designee shall implement a staff development program.  The goal of such program shall be to update and improve the skills and knowledge of staff members in order to achieve and maintain a high level of job performance and satisfaction.  Additionally, the development program for licensed staff members shall be designed to aid staff so that student learning objectives meet or exceed goals established by the District and State including, but not limited to, programs to effectuate the District and School Improvement Plans. The staff development program shall include all annually required training as detailed by the Regional Office of Education training plan.

The staff development program shall provide, at a minimum, at least once every 2 years, the inservice training of licensed school personnel and administrators on current best practices regarding the identification and treatment of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the application of non-aversive behavioral interventions in the school environment, and the use of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication for school-age children.

The staff development program shall provide, at a minimum, once every two years, the in-service training of all District staff on educator ethics, teacher-student conduct, and school employee-student conduct.

At least every 2 years, the Superintendent or designee shall arrange an inservice to train school personnel to understand, provide information and referrals, and address issues pertaining to youth who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.

The District will provide staff development opportunities through:

  1. planned inservice programs, courses, seminars, and workshops offered within the District;
  2. visits to other classrooms and schools, and attendance at conferences, workshops, and other meetings.

With the Superintendent’s approval, staff members may be released with full pay to attend conventions, professional meetings and workshops, visit exemplary programs, and participate in other professional growth activities.  At the time of approval, the Superintendent will indicate which expenses, if any, will be reimbursed by the District.

With the Superintendent’s approval, staff members may be released with full pay to serve as speakers, consultants, or resource persons outside the District.  The staff member accepting such assignments may not accept any fee or honorarium other than a reasonable fee for preparation done outside of the workday.  The employee or the institution receiving the service is responsible for travel, lodging, and meal expenses and for substitute costs if any are incurred.

Adopted:     May 4, 1998
Revised:      January 22, 2008; March 23, 2015

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