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401.5 - Licensed Personnel Professional Development




To advance student achievement, the school board encourages staff learning and professional development as part of a professional learning community. Therefore, the school board expects licensed personnel to participate in staff development and professional growth activities to maintain, develop, and extend their skills.

Staff development activities include workshops or courses in which the focus of the learning aligns with the educational goals of the district’s Strategic Plan, comprehensive school improvement goals, building improvement goals, and instructional goals of the district. Staff development activities which occur during contract time are not eligible for advancement on the salary schedule.

Professional growth activities are structured learning workshops or courses that advance the skills, knowledge, or practice of the employee in which participation is solely the employee’s choice. Professional growth attained through coursework may lead to an advanced degree. Professional growth workshops or courses eligible for salary advancement must occur outside the contract day.

If the employee is compensated by the district for expenses, including tuition or registration, related to participation in a staff development or professional growth workshop or course, that workshop or course is not eligible for advancement on the salary schedule.

Requests for attendance or participation in a staff development or professional growth workshops or courses during the contract day, other than those programs sponsored by the district, shall be made to the superintendent [or designee] in writing. Approval by the superintendent [or designee] must be obtained prior to attendance in the selected workshop or course.

The superintendent [or designee] shall have the discretion to allow or disallow the licensed personnel to attend or participate in the requested event. When making this determination, the superintendent [or designee] will consider the value of the program for the employee and the district; the effect of the employee's absence on the education program, district operations, and the district's budget; as well as other factors deemed relevant in the judgment of the superintendent [or designee].

Adopted: 8/89
Reviewed: 1/11; 12/11; 4/13; 9/14; 12/16; 4/20
Revised: 11/05
Related Policy (Code #): 401.14
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): § 279.8; 281 IAC 12.7; 83.6
IASB Reference: 408.1
Mandatory Policy