The contract language is as follows:
Article VI Professional Development and Educational Improvements A. Expenses of Professional Workshops and Conferences "The funds budgeted for the purposes of professional development each year shall be apportioned among the several buildings and District-wide departments on the basis of the numbers of FTE in each. Funds for professional workshops, seminars, conferences, or other professional improvement sessions will be allocated to the buildings and District-wide departments at a rate of $100 per FTE. The teachers in a building or District-wide department can submit requests for the funding for individual, departmental, group or building wide or district-wide professional workshops, seminars, conferences, or other professional improvement session to their building or district-wide department committee. The committees will review and act upon the requests fro professional improvement when deciding how to distribute expenditures of said funds. At least 30% of the funds shall be set aside for activities held in the second semester or each school year. These committees will be made up of teacher representatives appointed by the Association and administrators who will collaboratively determine which requests will receive funding."
Up to 2 teachers from each building or department were appointed to serve on the committees in 2017-18. However, as people retire, resign and transfer, the ITA Cabinet needs to collect names of teachers in the ITA unit interested in serving on their building or district-wide department "PD funds committee".
Please use this form to submit your name if you are interested and would like to be considered in being selected. If you are not interested, you do not have to do anything with this form. You will be contacted about being appointed when there is a need in the building or dept. or when the number of committee members is increased.
Before submitting your name, here are a few initial logistical facts to consider:1) This is the second year of this being put into place so committee members will need to be willing to be flexible and help shape it with communication and feedback as it evolves. 2) Committees will in most cases meet afterschool. The number of meetings is unknown at this time but anticipate a few meetings during the year. Committee members may also do work via google drive and email. Some touching base and reviewing requests over the summer may be needed if a request comes in and it time sensitive. 3) Once appointed, it is requested that each committee member commits, in all normal circumstances, to serve on the committee for at least 2 years. 4) A google drive will be shared with committee members for all information needed. 5) All PD Funds Committee meeting hours will receive PDH hours and in-service credits in MLP (this will be the responsibility of district Administration to submit in MLP).