4300: Professional Growth/Staff Development

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The Superintendent or designee shall create and maintain a comprehensive District staff development program for all employees.

Date of Adoption
October 7, 1974
Date of Revision
December 1, 1997
June 2, 2003
June 2, 2008
December 19, 2011
Reaffirmed
December 7, 2015

4300.1: Professional Growth

4300.1: Professional Growth holly Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:40

Rules and Regulations for Purposes of Continued Employment 

Professional Growth Period for Permanent Certificated Employees 

Nebraska state law allows the District to amend or terminate the contract of a permanent certificated employee for failing to give evidence of professional growth as required by Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-830. Every six years permanent certificated employees shall give evidence of professional growth. Six semester hours of college credit shall be accepted as evidence of professional growth, or in the alternative, such other professional growth activities as are approved by the Board. Each permanent certificated employee’s six-year period will commence on September 1 of the year coinciding with permanent certification status and on September 1 every six years thereafter. 

Professional Growth Activities for Permanent Certificated Employees 

Professional growth activities in connection with Neb. Rev. Stat. §79-830 shall consist of the professional work approved by the Board. The conditions and limitations pertaining to the performance and acceptance of such activities are subject to review and change by resolution of the Board of Education. Credit for engaging in a newly approved activity shall be allowed only for work done after the date of approval of the activity unless the Board provides otherwise. Where allowed by law, credit granted for any type of activity may be limited for each individual during the individual's professional growth period. This is done in order to encourage a variety of professional growth activities for each individual. 

Approval of Professional Growth Credit 

Except for professional growth courses and activities used to meet the requirements of Nebraska State Law, each staff development activity sponsored by the District or to be undertaken by an employee for purposes of salary advancement must be approved by the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee. 

Appeal 

Staff members may appeal decisions under this Rule to the Executive Director for Human Resources.

Date of Adoption
October 7, 1974
Date of Revision
February 20, 1984
July 2, 1990
September 7, 1993
November 18, 1996
June 5, 2000
June 2, 2008
December 19, 2011
December 7, 2015

4300.2: Staff Development

4300.2: Staff Development holly Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:47

The purpose of staff development is to maximize staff potential, to impact student achievement, and to improve the operations of the District.  Comprehensive staff development includes both training and professional development.  

Definitions:  

Training is a learning experience to acquire specific skills (job target) or to meet legal requirements.   

Professional development is a continual and comprehensive learning experience to help staff improve their effectiveness as professionals.

Delivery Models

Training 

Delivery models will include but not be limited to face to face workshops or an on-line learning management system.  Comprehensive staff development will ensure staff members are offered training opportunities to improve job performance and workplace engagement.

Professional Development

Job-embedded professional development is included but not limited to professional learning communities for teachers in the District.  Professional development will also be offered for all staff in a variety of delivery methods including but not limited to, internally and externally offered face to face and on-line courses, workshops, institutes, networks, coaching and conferences through individual, small group or large group settings.

Content:

Comprehensive staff development will support the District strategic plan and building site plans in a systemic manner.

Comprehensive staff development will support the effective implementation of the Millard Instructional Model and Select Staff Indicators to support the growth of all educators.

Comprehensive staff development will support the effective implementation of the Millard Leadership Framework to support the growth of all supervisors, administrators and teacher leaders through continual leadership development.

Comprehensive staff development will respond to the requirements in law and other local, state and federal mandates.  

Planning:

Comprehensive staff development will use student and staff data and a collaborative method in planning, creating, and providing short term and long term professional development and training.  Input and support will be gathered from representatives of all stakeholders.

Accountability:

It is the responsibility of the District to provide staff development opportunities in the form of training and professional development that assist employees in carrying out the responsibilities of their jobs.  It is the responsibility of all employees to be continuously engaged in their professional growth and apply their learnings to improve their job performance.  It is the responsibility of each supervisor to ensure and promote staff development so that all staff members engage in continuous improvement.

Evaluation:  

The comprehensive staff development program will be continuously evaluated in order to determine the greatest possible educational benefits are being achieved.

Date of Adoption
December 19, 2011
Date of Revision
December 7, 2015