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Title: The Nuts and Bolts of PD The Role of the District Professional Development Coordinator

The Nuts and Bolts of PD The Role of the
District Professional Development Coordinator
  • Kentucky Department of Education
  • Office of Next Generation Learners
  • Division of Next Generation Professionals
  • Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Branch

KDEs Charge KRS 156.095 (2)(b)
  • The local district professional development
    coordinator shall participate in annual
    training program for local school district
    professional development coordinators. The
    training program may include, , the
    demonstration of various approaches to needs
    assessment and planning strategies for
    implementing long-term, school-based professional
    development strategies for strengthening
    teachers' roles in the planning, development, and
    evaluation of professional development and
    demonstrations of model professional development
  • KRS 156.095 (7)
  • Professional Development Bulletin Board

Kentuckys Standards for Professional Learning
  • Professional learning that increases educator
    effectiveness and results for all students
  • Occurs within learning communities committed to
    continuous improvement, collective
    responsibility, and goal alignment
  • Requires skillful leaders who develop capacity,
    advocate, and create systems for PL
  • Requires prioritizing, monitoring, and
    coordinating resources for educator learning
  • Uses a variety of sources and types of student,
    educator and system data to plan, assess, and
    evaluate professional learning
  • Integrates theories, research, and models of
    human learning to achieve its intended outcomes
  • Applies research on change and sustains support
    for implementation of professional learning for
    long-term change
  • Aligns its outcomes with educator performance and
    student curriculum standards

Professional Development vs. Professional Learning
  • Joellen Killion, senior advisor to Learning
    Forward, explains the difference between
    professional development and professional
    learning in this clip.
  • Professional Development vs. Professional Learning

Kentuckys Definition of Professional Development
  • Professional development is defined in 704 KAR
    3035 Section (1) (1) as professional learning
    that is an individual and collective
    responsibility that fosters shared accountability
    among the entire education workforce for student

Kentuckys Definition of Professional Development
  • Additionally Section 4(2) states
  • High-quality professional development experiences
    shall be related to the teachers instructional
    assignments and the administrators professional
    responsibilities. Professional development shall
    be aligned with the school or district
    improvement plan or the individual professional
    growth plans of teachers.

Funding For PD
  • In 2003 the Legislature introduced the Flexible
    Focus Fund (PD, Preschool, ESS, Textbooks, and
    Safe Schools)
  • Schools are required to receive a minimum of 65
    of the allocation of PD funds (KRS 160.3458)
  • 35 can be used for district PD needs
  • 15 of the 35 can be used for administrative
    costs (i.e. PDC salary)

Planning For PD
  • Each local board of education shall use four (4)
    days of the minimum school term for professional
    development and collegial planning activities for
    the professional staff without the presence of
    pupils pursuant to the requirements of KRS

Planning For PD
  • At the discretion of the superintendent, one (1)
    day of professional development may be used for
    district-wide activities and for training that is
    mandated by federal or state law.

Planning For PD
  • The use of three (3) days shall be planned by
    each school council, except that the district is
    encouraged to provide technical assistance and
    leadership to school councils to maximize
    existing resources and to encourage shared
    planning. (KRS 158.0704a)

Planning For PD
  • Schools may implement flexible PD calendars
  • PD should occur from July 1 and June 30th each
  • ALL certified teachers are required to complete
    24 hours (4 days) of professional development as
    part of the standard teacher contract.
  • Administrators complete 21 hours of EILA
  • Law does not require administrators to do both.
  • Certified teachers working less than 187 days
    will have their PD requirement pro-rated

Planning For PD
  • PD Credit is given for activities related to the
    teachers instructional assignment, not any extra
    duties in which they are involved.
  • In working with school councils, advise them it
    is important to balance the individual needs of
    teachers with the needs of the school when
    planning the three (3) days of PD.

PDC Qualifications
  • A staff member meeting the certification
    requirements of a professional development
    coordinator as established by the Education
    Professional Standards Board in 16 KAR 4010
    (principal or instructional supervisor)
  • A demonstrated ability to work with schools to
    plan, design, implement, and evaluate
    professional development that aligns with the
    requirements of this administrative regulation.
  • A demonstrated ability to work with schools to
    connect professional development with effective
    instructional practices and student achievement

PDC Duties
  • Facilitating the analysis of the district
    professional development needs assessment
  • Coordinating the intra-district alignment of
    professional learning to achieve identified goals
    and objectives, for professional development
  • Building capacity of school leaders, school
    council members, and other school and district
    leaders to plan, access, resources, implement and
    evaluate professional learning
  • Disseminating professional development
    information to school councils, staff members,
    and professional development committees
  • Coordinating the planning, implementation and
    evaluation of the district professional
    development program that is aligned, supportive
    of, and developed in conjunction with local
    school improvement plans

PDC Duties (Continued)
  • Coordinating the establishment of local policies
    (KSBA 3.19), procedures, timetables, necessary
    forms and letters, assignment of workshop sites
    and all other practical elements of professional
    development, including fiscal management
  • Maintaining, verifying, and, if appropriate,
    submitting district and school professional
    development records, documentation, and other
    pertinent information to the Department of
  • Explaining the district's professional
    development program objectives, results, and
    needs to school professionals, district staff,
    board members, civic and parent groups, teacher
    training institutions and others as requested
  • Maintaining contact with the Department of
    Education and other agencies involved in
    providing professional development.

QA Top 10
  • 10. Who is responsible for determining whether PD
    should be approved for credit?
  • Determining the quality of professional
    development and subsequently approving
    professional development for credit is the
    responsibility of the school district. According
    to KRS 158.070(4)(c)(2) the principal or if
    school council policy dictates it, the school
    council itself, is responsible for approving
    professional development. The professional
    development coordinator is responsible for
    determining whether district level professional
    development meets the standards and is approved.
    The Kentucky Department of Education does not
    determine the quality of professional
    development, nor does it endorse or approve
    professional development opportunities.

QA Top 10
  • 9. Can local board policy prohibit certified
    staff from taking an accumulated sick day on a
    day designated in the calendar for professional
  • No. This would be in contradiction to KRS
    161.155(2), The ten (10) days of sick leave
    granted in this subsection may be taken by a
    teacher or employee on any ten (10) days of the
    school year and shall be granted in addition to
    accumulated sick leave days that have been
    credited to the teacher or employee under the
    provisions of subsection (4) of this section.
    Board policy on PD (KSBA 3.19) can prohibit staff
    from using personal days on days designated for

QA Top 10
  • 8. If a district chooses to move funds within the
    Flexible Focus Provisions, how is the 65
    allocation to schools determined?
  • The amount submitted to KDE as a budget for
    Professional Development on the first Quarterly
    Expenditure Report (September 30th) becomes the
    districts allocation for PD and is the amount the
    state will use to determine the 65 allocation
    under KRS 160.345(8).  Any transfers in to the
    Professional Development Fund after September
    30th under the Flexible Focus language would not
    be subject to the 65 rule.  Any transfer out to
    one of the other grants in FFF must be made from
    the districts 35 PD allocation.

QA Top 10
  • 7. Do schools have a deadline for spending their
    professional development allocation?
  • Based on district policy, districts have the
    authority to have unused portions of a schools
    PD allocation returned to the district on June
    30th of each year. The district policies may
    also stipulate a deadline prior to June 30th when
    purchases under the professional development
    grant must be completed.

QA Top 10
  • 6. May professional development funds be used to
    hire substitutes?
  • Yes, this is a local district decision and should
    support the goals of professional development
    outlined in the school plan.

QA Top 10
  • 5. Are teachers allowed to receive professional
    development stipends for training on days in
    which they receive credit for a professional
    development day?
  • No, this would be double compensation for the
    same day and it is not allowed.

QA Top 10
  • 4. Can PD be required of new teachers prior to
    July 1 of the new school year?
  • No, you cannot mandate new teachers, whose
    contracts dont begin until after July 1, to
    complete PD training before that date. A
    district can offer to award credit to any
    teachers hired before July 1 attending training
    occurring prior to July 1, but attendance would
    be at the teachers discretion.

QA Top 10
  • 3. How does Senate Bill 65 effect our
    professional development plan? Senate Bill 65
    mandates that all middle and high school
    certified staff participate in TWO hours of
    self-study of suicide prevention IN ADDITION to
    the 4 days/24 hours of required professional
    development. This is amends KRS 158.070.
    (Section 1(4)(b))

QA Top 10
  • 2. Should instructors being trained to be
    resource teachers in the K.T.I.P. program be
    granted professional development credit?
  • This is a district decision. If the reason the
    teacher is attending is to broaden their
    understanding of how to coach and be a teacher
    leader, than credit may be appropriate. If the
    teacher is participating in the program to help
    intern teachers make a successful transition to
    teaching it would not be appropriate. Remember,
    resource teachers do receive remuneration for
    their service in the program.

QA Top 10
  • 1. Are sports clinics or athletic seminars
    appropriate for professional development?
  • No, the 4-day (24 hour) professional development
    requirements and state funds allocated for
    professional development are for experiences that
    shall, Be related to teachers' instructional
    assignments and administrators' professional
    responsibilities. Experiences shall support the
    local school's instructional improvement goals
    and Be aligned with the school or district
    improvement plan or individual professional
    growth plans of teachers. 704 KAR 3035 Section
    (4)(2). Coaching is an extra duty and as such
    does not require professional development as
    described above. In addition, Athletic Director
    is not a position recognized as administrative
    under KRS 156.101.

The Role of KDE
  • To support and guide you in your work
  • Make you aware of learning opportunities for you
    and others on your staff
  • Answer questions you may have
  • Connect you with other resources

Links to Regulations and Statutes
  • Statutes
  • KRS 156.095- http//
  • KRS 156.101- http//
  • KRS 158.070- http//
  • KRS 160.345- http//
  • KRS 161.155- http//
  • Regulations
  • 704 KAR 3035- http//
  • Annual professional development plan.
  • 16 KAR 4010- http//
  • Qualifications for professional school