Professional Development Goals for 301


       Professional development goals are due to the principal by November 2, 2009. Goals must be submitted on the District forms provided. Principals will review, approve, and return plans to teachers by November 13, 2009.  If for reasons beyond the teacher’s control a goal cannot be met, the teacher may discuss the circumstances with the principal.  The teacher may be eligible to submit an alternative goal.  This alternative goal must be approved by the principal and the superintendent.  The deadline for submitting and approval for an alternative goal is January 8, 2010.  The goal must be completed at least three weeks prior to the end of the fourth quarter.

       Teachers must submit the District Self-reflection/Summary forms to their principal after completing their goals a minimum of three weeks prior to the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, or another approved date as determined in their timeline for completion.


A teacher may choose one of the following:


Professional Learning Community (PLC) Opportunities.


1)      A school may coordinate two additional professional development days (16 hours) that focus on school-wide instructional strategies/programs to implement into the classroom. District PD guidelines must be followed for approval, format, timeframes and follow-through.

         PD days must be on non-contract hours

         PD days must be aligned with school-wide plans

         PD days must be focused on instruction, assessment, or curricular improvement


2)      Teachers may organize a group of no less than 5 teachers from their content areas (i.e. music, PE, science, social studies, English, etc.) to develop vertical teams to align district level programs, assessments, curriculum, instructional strategies, vocabulary, etc. to ensure the development of a systematic academic program is implemented district-wide. (8 or 16 hours)


Teacher Learning Community (TLC) Opportunities:

1.      Participate in TESA training (must have 4 participants from a school) (16 hours)

2.      Complete a Scholastic Red or another online course that is aligned with the school’s goals. (See the Scholastic Red website for a list of classes.) (8 hours)

3.      Plan, prepare, and present at a school based activity (classroom or grade level   parent night) a minimum of two times.  Scheduled school-wide parent involvement activities do not qualify to meet the criteria for this selection for a 301 goal. (minimum of 1.5 hours per event) (4 hours)

4.      Attend a district-offered smart board course that focuses on creating smart board lessons that correlate with district curriculum. Lessons would be created for departments, grade levels, and schools.  All lessons would be developed for shared folders so that all teachers in the grade level or content area can access these courses.  (8 or 16 hours depending on the number of courses taken)

5.      Participate in a book study approved by the principal that aligns to the School Improvement Plan/goals. ( 8 hours)

6.      Participate in the District’s mentoring/induction program as a mentee. (Mentees are required to have this as their 301 professional development goal.) (16 hours)

7.      Participate in an action-research project.  Participants may develop and implement an action-research project in their field.  The participants will be required to attend an action-research overview training provided by the District. (16 hours)

8.      A teacher may develop a parental involvement program that must include a log of all parental contacts and have 100% contacts.  (For elementary self contained classroom teachers 100% is the entire class.  For teachers who teach several periods with different students every period, the teacher may select a target group of 25-30 students by November 1 and list them on the goal submitted to the principal.  The teacher must then document 100% contacts with this target group.) It may include a weekly newsletter for parents, hosting after school or evening activities for parents and students, or home visits to each student in the class.  Teachers choosing this option will conduct a parental survey at the end of the year in order to rate the success of the parent involvement activities.


Student Learning Communities (SLC) Opportunities:


1.      Teachers may form an instructional group to tutor students whose graduation is at risk because of not having met the standard on any one of the content areas of the high school AIMS. 

a.      Each teacher in the group must have a group three or more students.

b.      Each teacher will meet with each student in the group no less than once per month at regularly scheduled sessions that include no more than three students per session.

c.       Each session will meet from 3:30 pm. to 6:00 p.m.

d.      Teachers will submit a list of students and their schedule for tutoring sessions and administration of assessments to the principal by October 31, 2009. 

e.       The tutoring session will be centered on each student’s identified areas of weakness outlined in the State provided study guide. 

f.        The teacher will be responsible for planning meaningful sessions for each student, periodic assessments to monitor progress, supplemental materials and practice lessons beyond those in the study guide, and communication with the students’ regular English, reading, and/or math teacher.

g.      Teachers will submit logs of tutoring sessions to the principal at the end of each month (October through March) and give results of periodic assessments in the months they are administered. ( 16 hours)

2.      Each school may form a student advocacy group to assist in identifying, developing plans, tracking progress, communicating with parents, and assisting students that are academically at-risk. 

a.      Participants will follow the Mason’s Model as a response to intervention technique. 

b.      The team will meet outside of school time (i.e. after school, weekends, breaks, etc.) to implement the Mason’s Model for student advocacy activities. 

c.       Each member must establish a minimum of 5 students for their case load. (16 hours)

Individual Learning Opportunity (ILO):


1.      Take six credit hours toward a pre-approved academic endorsement, master’s or other advanced degree, or a non-degree graduate program.  The endorsement or master’s degree work must be pre-approved at the district level.  A teacher who selects this goal must agree to complete the endorsement or master’s degree before selecting another goal in a subsequent year unless otherwise approved by the building principal. (16 hours)

2.      Complete District technology classes with at least 16 total hours of seat time. (16 hours)

3.      Serve as a chair on the school’s leadership/advisory team.  The principal will give a list of the responsibilities for these positions to the chairpersons (minimum of 8 hours).



         CTE: * Adult literacy courses

         PE: Health and Fitness Events

         Counselors: College/Work ready skills, student support groups, longitudinal studies of post-graduation, community/business study on educational goals,

         Specialist: Parental involvement, Literacy in the home, etc.



The key is: RELEVANCY



Appeal Process

for Teachers Who Are Denied 301 Performance Based Compensation


1) Personal Professional Development Goals



  1. Principals will notify teachers who have not successfully completed their 301    Performance Based Compensation goal within ten (10) days of receiving it.  If a teacher does not qualify for the Performance Based compensation because he/she did not submit the  self-reflection/summary forms, the principal will notify within five (5) days after the deadline.*  The teacher must submit an appeal to the Superintendent within ten (10) days of receiving the principal’s notice of not qualifying.


  1. The Superintendent will select two (2) principals and two (2) teachers from the 301 Committee who are not from the appealing teacher’s school to review the appeal.  They will review the appeal within five (5) days of receiving it.


  1. The committee will notify the Superintendent and the Superintendent will notify the teacher of the final decision in writing.


2) Schoolwide Academic Achievement Goal


  1. Principals will notify teachers that the school has not met their 301 Performance Based Compensation Academic Achievement goal at the beginning of the school year or as soon as possible after all achievement results are available for all District schools.  The principal may submit an appeal to the Superintendent within ten (10) days of receiving the principal’s notice of not qualifying.


  1. The Superintendent will select two (2) principals and two (2) teachers from the 301 Committee who are not from the appealing school to review the appeal.  They will review the appeal within five (5) days of receiving it.


  1. The committee will notify the superintendent and superintendent will notify the principal of the final decision in writing.


Ø  Deadlines for submitting self-reflections/summaries for 2009-2010 are February 26, 2010 and May 14, 2010 unless otherwise stated in individual timeline and approved by the principal.  The principal will notify the payroll office of any teachers who will be paid by March 12, 2010 or June 4, 2010.


Last update 10/27/2009