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GCL Professional Staff Development Opportunities

Adopted: August 26, 1983
Reaffirmed: February 13, 2012

Policy

The Board shall establish professional development funds annually in the budget.

Guidelines

  1. Professional Development

    Each principal, in consultation with the Superintendent, will develop a one or two-year professional development plan which shall reflect the District's current and future requirements, those of the individual school and the outcome of the adminis¬trative evaluation process.

    1. Definition:
      Professional Development activities shall be considered to include professional reading, conference and workshop attendance, credit and non-credit courses, the writing of articles for publication, and participation in curriculum related committees at the provincial, District and school level.
    2. Support for Professional Development
      1. School-based budget:
        Each principal will make provision in the school budget for the profes¬sional development of teachers;
      2. Support for Conference Attendance:
        The District will reimburse teachers who attend approved workshops and conferences on the basis of:
        • registration fees (no membership fees);
        • transportation (based on airfare, when appropriate); and
        • subsistence according to the schedule established from time to time by the Superintendent.
      3. Substitutes:
        The District will pay substitute costs associated with teachers' attendance at conferences, workshops, and curriculum committees; and
      4. Support for Course-work:
        If a teacher has been invited by the Board to attend a credit or non-credit course, expenses for tuition, Board and room and travel may be paid. Expenses will be paid upon submission of a statement indicating the successful completion of the course.
  2. Workshop and Conference Attendance – Principals
    Principals may attend workshops and conferences both within Fort McMurray and beyond the City of Fort McMurray under the following conditions:
    1. The topic of the workshop or conference is consistent with the principal's profes¬sional development plan;
    2. Attendance is approved by the Superintendent or any committee established by the Superintendent for the purpose of reviewing applications for professional development activities;
    3. The maximum number of conferences of workshops a principal may attend during a school year is three;
    4. The maximum number of out-of-province conferences or workshops a principal may attend is one during any school year or two over a period of three school years;
    5. The principal agrees to report on the proceedings of the conference or workshop to other principals; and
    6. There is a balance of approvals amongst the District's principals during the school year.
  3. Workshop and Conference Attendance – Teachers
    Teachers may attend workshops and conferences beyond the City of Fort McMurray under the following conditions:
    1. The topic of the workshop or conference is consistent with the school's/teacher's professional development plan;
    2. Attendance is approved by the principal and Superintendent or designate;
    3. The maximum out-of-class time related to professional development activities does not exceed a total of six days for the school year;
    4. The teacher agrees to report the proceedings of the conference or workshop to the school staff; and
    5. There is a balance of approvals among teachers of the school for conference or workshop attendance, during the current school year.
  4. Professional Development Plan
    1. School Plan:
      In consultation with the staff, each principal is expected to develop an annual professional development plan for the school. In the development of this plan, consideration should be given to the current and future requirements of the District, the school and the individual teachers. This plan will provide the basis for the approval of requests for professional development activities.
    2. Teachers Plans:
      Individual teacher development plans should be developed by the principal and individual teachers. The plan and its accomplishment will constitute one aspect of the teacher evaluation process.

References

References The Alberta Teachers Association Code of Professional Conduct (22)
Cross Reference: GCAB Principal
GCNA Education of School Administrative Staff
GCN Evaluation of Teachers 
GBO Staff Training and Development Opportunities
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