Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

3242 - PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Purpose

Schools exist to facilitate student learning. Ongoing professional staff development for all personnel is essential to enhancing improved teaching and student learning. Professional staff development should be a continuous, developmental process ultimately based on staff needs.

County Responsibility

The County Board of Education shall schedule annually at least three (3) noninstructional days of staff development for professional staff. At least two (2) of the three (3) days or their equivalent, must be scheduled prior to January 1st. Exceptions to the schedule and/or staff development content may be granted for innovative programs and/or delivery upon the written request of the County Superintendent to the State Superintendent.

The County Board of Education hereby establishes a Professional Staff Development Council and instructs the Superintendent to implement a comprehensive system of staff development.

The County Board of Education shall make available an amount at least equal to one tenth (.1) of one percent (1%) of the amount provided in the basic foundation allowance to the Board pursuant to §18-9A-4 and §18A-4-1, et seq., Code of West Virginia. The funds shall be credited to an account to be used by the Professional Staff Development Council to fulfill its objectives. The council shall prepare for review and approval by the County Board of Education an annual budget that details all expenses and revenues including staff support. Any funds remaining in this account at the end of the fiscal year shall remain in this account and be used solely for staff development. The County Board of Education will have final approval for all disbursements. This does not preclude the use of other funding sources for additional staff development.

At the first Professional Staff Development Council meeting following the County Board of Education’s approval of its annual budget, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide the Professional Staff Development Council with the funding computation provided for above.

In order to meet the growing demands of school, County, State, and national priorities, this Board of Education shall seek ways to provide additional opportunities for staff development above and beyond the minimal number of eighteen (18) clock hours. Some strategies include, but are not limited to, the following: the use of banked time, extending the school calendar, seeking grant funding sources to cover costs of additional staff development, and the use of community resources.

Principles of Operation

The County Board of Education and County Professional Staff Development Council shall incorporate the following components and governing principles of operation.

 A.The process of planning school and/or County staff development initiatives to promote teaching and learning, shall include but not be limited to the following:

  1.individual school, County, regional, State, national, and international priorities

  2.multiple input sources such as State Board goals and objectives, student test scores, faculty senate recommendations, and County Board policies to identify program needs

  3.needs based objectives

  4.activities that provide for individual needs as well as groups such as local school improvement councils, faculty senates and school curriculum teams

  5.a systematic evaluation process for the delivery, quality, and impact of staff development

  6.provisions for follow-up staff development when the objective(s) are beyond awareness level

 B.All professional staff shall participate in eighteen (18) clock hours of job related staff development each year. Twelve (12) of the eighteen (18) clock hours shall be directly relevant to:

  1.educational priorities for West Virginia to include, but not be limited to implementation of regulations, trends, and issues at the local, regional, State, national, and international levels, such as multicultural education, new instructional materials education, and AIDS education;

  2.the areas of study in which they are currently teaching;

  3.the teaching strategies appropriate to those areas of study;

  4.classroom management skills;

  5.techniques appropriate for learners with various exceptionalities and learning styles;

  6.alignment of instructional goals and objectives with effective strategies, methods and/or techniques; or

  7.student and program evaluation methods and instruments (Policy 2510).

 C.County Professional Staff Development Councils shall standardize the amount of staff development plans for individual schools and persons within the County.

General Implementation Process

 A.The School System will have a Professional Staff Development Council that shall have final authority to propose staff development programs for their peers.

 B.The Professional Staff Development Council’s proposed program shall be presented to the County Board of Education as an information item prior to its implementation. The Professional Staff Development Council will also present the annual evaluation report at the end of the school year.

 C.The Professional Staff Development Council shall consist of between nine (9) and fifteen (15) members at the discretion of the Superintendent based on the size of the County.

 D.The Professional Staff Development Council shall be comprised of proportional representation from the major school levels and from vocational education, special education, and other educators in proportion to their employment numbers in the County.

 E.Teacher nominations to serve on the County Professional Staff Development Council may be submitted by the various faculty senates to the Superintendent who shall prepare and distribute ballots and tabulate the votes of the County’s instructional personnel voting on the persons nominated.

 F.Election to Professional Staff Development Council shall be made on a staggered three (3) year sequence. No staff development council member may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. Vacancies occurring during an elected term will be filled by the Professional Staff Development Council according to the representation above until the next election.

 G.The Superintendent or his/her designee shall hold an advisory, nonvoting role on the Professional Staff Development council and shall:

  1.provide input in design of the Staff Development Council’s program;

  2.coordinate the implementation of the Staff Development Council’s program after approval of the plan by the Council and presentation of the plan to the County Board of Education;

  3.distribute information concerning program objectives, location and time, prerequisites, and other pertinent information about staff development offerings to all professional personnel within the County;

  4.maintain records of enrollment, scheduling, and evaluation of each staff development activity; and compile those records into an annual report for submission to the Professional Staff Development Council.

 H.At the first meeting of the Professional Staff Development council in each school year (July 1 – June 30), the members of the Council shall elect a chair by majority vote. The chair shall preside over all staff development council meetings; present, prior to implementation, any program approved by the Staff Development Council to the County Board of Education; and present the annual evaluation report to this Board of Education.

 I.The Professional Staff Development Council shall meet at least quarterly each year. The Staff Development Council may elect to use appropriated funds to pay council members time and/or expenses. (i.e., substitute teachers, class coverage). The County Board may provide at least two (2) hours of release time as long as funds are available.

 J.Professional Staff Development Councils from two (2) or more counties may be involved in cooperatively planning, funding, and implementing County, regional, and/or State coordinated staff development initiatives. The Professional Staff Development Council and the service personnel staff development council within a County may cooperatively plan, fund, and implement staff development programs in the County.

Monitoring

Monitoring of the implementation of WV State Board of Education Policy 5500, County Professional Staff Development Council shall be conducted via the State accreditation system.

WV Code 18A-3-8
WV State Board of Education Policy 5500