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This page is maintained by Dr. Alexander Wyeth, Assistant Superintendent for the Norwood Public Schools. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
The activities identified for this professional learning time have been determined by the district's administration based on the District's Strategic Improvement Plan, driven by student performance data and input from educators.
All educators are strongly encouraged to let their supervisors (principal, directors, department chairs) and/or Dr. Wyeth know what PL you would like offered that would improve your practice and enhance student learning by completing surveys that are administered periodically and/or by completing the live Request/Suggestion Form link below. Also, please take the time to give feedback on workshops that are offered by completing the Workshop Feedback form in TeachPoint PD Tracking. Thank you.
Procedure for Graduate Course Reimbursement--Advanced Approval of Professional Study (AAPS)-The "Blue Form." Note: If you want, once completed and approved by the Superintendent's Office, you can add your graduate credits into TeachPoint for your own record for recertification purposes. Entering the information into TeachPoint does NOT replace the AAPS process.
Norwood's Professional Learning Goal: To provide all staff with best practice professional learning activities that are embedded, sustained, and connected to educators' and students' needs.
"Starting on July 1, 2016, any core academic teacher who is assigned an English learner must either have an SEI Endorsement or must earn one within one calendar year of the date of the assignment." (DESE)
All educators as well as ELL and Special Ed educators can take these 15 hour/PDP courses and count them toward their required content PDPs for their primary licenses.
Thanks to our investment with TEC, Norwood educators are now able to enroll in TEC's ELL and SPED online recertification courses (15 PDPs each) at no cost. Please use your school/district email address to access these no-cost to you courses.
Course #1: Strategies to Enhance Instruction for English Language Learners in the Classroom: In this course, participants will review and explore teaching strategies to support English language learners. Participants will also explore technology resources that can support English language learners within the classroom. For more information or a complete syllabus: http://courses.edtechleaders.org/tec/tec_ell/tec_details.html
Course #2: Engaging All Students with Differentiated Instruction: Participants in this course will explore many strategies and tools that will help them to plan lessons so that all students are appropriately challenged and supported. Participants will also explore technology tools that will facilitate instruction of students with diverse learning needs and strategies to differentiate assessment. For more information or a complete syllabus: http://courses.edtechleaders.org/tec/tec_diffinst/tec_details.html
Educators may sign up for one or more of these modules in any order, and they can be taken at different times. A certificate will be generated for each module completed.
This course is also being offered for one credit through Worcester State University with TEC’s Dr. Janet Buerklin and Moira Rogers as the instructors. Staff can elect this credit option for $165 through the link below.
COURSE CREDIT LINK : https://teccoop.wufoo.com/
If you are interested in electing graduate credit for the cost of $165, you must do so and submit your final project to firstname.lastname@example.org by these dates:
For relicensure purposes, PDPs earned outside of our inservice days are the sole responsibility of each individual to keep track of. Keep reading.
All educators need to develop and Individualized Professional Development Plan (IPDP) that is approved by your supervisor. "The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s license renewal process requires all educators to work collaboratively with their district to develop an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) for continued growth and development. This IPDP must be aligned with the educational needs of the school and/or district and enhance the ability of the educator to improve student learning. Educators who are employed in a Massachusetts public school may elect to use the professional practice goals established under their Educator Plan [part of Norwood's evaluatioin system in TeachPoint] for license renewal, or in combination with the professional learning goals in their IPDP."
An educator only needs to earn PDPs if s/he holds an active professional license from Mass DESE that needs to be renewed at end of 5 year period as indicated and dated on the educator’s current license. The recertification process is educator driven and is based on the honor system. Norwood’s administration only gives PDPs if we run the courses, workshops, etc., on district time (paid by Norwood and delivered in Norwood). Any educator can take PD activities on his or her own (online or off) and count the time/PDPs toward recertification as one sees fit and as allowed by the DESE Regulations (per Recertification Guidelines of 2017: http://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/academic-prek12/guidelines-recert-ma-educators.pdf ), BUT if you get audited (and you might), you will need to be able to prove you took and completed the listed activities, that it fits your recertification needs/requirements, and that there was new learning involved. Also, your PDPs need to tie to one or more of your Individual Professional Development Goals that need to tie to one or more of the district's goals. I suggest that you keep a personal folder for all your valid PDP evidence. You should refer to and access the PD documents and forms listed in the table below.
How many PDPs are needed: "Effective July 28, 2017, the minimum required content and pedagogy distribution of PDPs for all academic educators renewing a Primary area Professional level license has been amended. Within the required 150 PDPs necessary to renew a Primary area license, all academic educators will now only need a minimum of 15 PDPs in content, compared to the previous minimum of 60 PDPs in content. In addition, 15 PDPs in pedagogy is required along with the afore mentioned 15 PDPs in SEI or ESL and 15 PDPs related to effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles. The remaining 90 PDPs is left at the discretion of the educator and the employing school district. This new distribution of PDPs should allow educators with a professional level license to focus on professional development that will have a larger impact on their teaching and 2 the needs of their students. In addition to the changes to renewing a Primary area, similar changes were made with the requirements to renew an Additional area Professional level license. Educators renewing an Additional area will continue to need 30 PDPs; however, only 15 of those 30 PDPs will need to be in the content area of the additional license.
How do I know what I can count for my re-licensure? It depends on your specific license. Go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/603cmr7.html?section=06 for details. Then to http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/ese/programs/educator-effectiveness/licensure/academic-prek-12/academic-pre-k-12-forms.html
In general: 1 PDP per hour of new learning. If new learning is at graduate level (for graduate credit), then you get 1.5 PDPs per hour of learning. If you are a PD instructor, then you can get 2 PDPs per hour of instruction, for the first time the course is delivered only in five year period. Curriculum Development: 15 PDPs per curriculum unit up to 60 PDPs per 5-year cycle (documents must be reviewed and approved by Supervisor). "School-based Activity": 1 PDP per hour with max of 30 PDPs in 5-year cycle. For more details, see DESE's Recertification Guides, pages 18-22.
About iPass & PDPs: Every educator/specialist is given an iPass account when they are hired. If you do not know how to access your iPass account, contact Randi Johnson in the Technology Office. iPass has a Professional Development section under "My Data" that is used to keep track of any district run (in district) professional development activities. Educators who attend an in district workshop or course are given PDPs by the Assistant Superintendent for their work and this is entered into iPass for the educator's future reference for recertification. We do not enter any other (out of district) professional development activities into iPass. Each educator must keep their own records for this work, and it is advised that they do so for in-district work as well.
Don't forget you can now record all your PDP activiteis in TeachPoint and attach (upload) documentation of work for approval by your supervisor by submitting a Record My Credits form.
If you and a group of your colleagues are interested in being trained by one of our educators listed above, please ask your supervisor if arrangements can be made through Dr. Wyeth. We can try to find time during our scheduled in-service time or outside of the school day.
(There are many others you can find online, but these are a few that have approached Norwood. If you would like others to be included here, please let me know.):