All staff members will be encouraged in and provided with suitable opportunities for the development of increased competencies beyond those they may attain through the performance of their assigned duties and assistance from supervisors.

Opportunities for professional growth may be provided through such means as the following:

1. Planned in-service programs and workshops offered within the school system from time to time; these may include participation by outside consultants.
2. Membership on curriculum development and other district committees drawing personnel from within and without the school system.
3. Released time for visits to other classrooms and schools and for attendance at conferences, workshops, and other professional meetings.
4. Mentoring programs, both organized by the school department and by professional organizations.
5. Membership in professional learning networks facilitated through the use of technology and/or professional organizations.
6. Work with district coaches, technology integration specialists, and other designated personnel within the school department.
7. Leaves of absence for graduate study, research, and travel.
8. Partial payment of tuition for approved courses.

The Superintendent will have authority to approve or deny released time for conferences and visitations and reimbursements for expenses, provided such activities are within budget allocations for the purpose.


Approved: November 13, 2014