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
The District will provide staff development opportunities through:
- planned inservice programs, courses, seminars, and workshops offered within the District;
- 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