Professional Study Team Application
PLEASE NOTE:
1.) Please read the Professional Study Team Guidelines - https://goo.gl/mXzJYJ - before filling out this application. These instructions are also located under "Professional Development Models" on the Professional Development website, www.stvrainopd.org.
2.) This application must be submitted to the Office of Professional Development for written approval a minimum of THREE WEEKS prior to the first session. This time frame will allow for modification, if needed.
3.) The application must be aligned with both district and school improvement goals.
4.) It is recommended that a PST include a minimum of 4 participants.


A Professional Study Team Model requires:
* Identification of a problem or need based on data
* Participation in an extended learning activity with colleagues
* Development of a plan based on the new learnings to address the problem
* Preparation of an individual summary report that describes the learnings and includes a plan for incorporating these learnings into classroom instruction


Examples of a Professional Study Team:
* Book studies of professional literature (i.e. Teach Like a Champion)
* Discussion and analysis of recent research and how it relates to classroom practice
* The study of professional best practices to better meet adult and student learning needs
* The use of case studies to discuss instructional problems
* Problem solving groups that focus on the implementation of new learning
* Collaborative examination of student work to improve professional practice
* Observation and analysis of exemplary schools and classrooms


PST Model Title *
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Team Leader(s) *
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E-Mail *
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School or District Department *
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Beginning Date *
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Ending Date *
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Credit and Participant Fees *
For licensed staff, one-half (.5) semester hour of credit is equal to 7.5 contact hours. One semester hour of credit is equal to a minimum of 15 contact hours. Choose semester hours/class fees from the list below.
Type of Credit - Licensed Staff *
The credit choices below are for licensed staff only.
Type of Credit - Classified Staff *
If classified staff will be participating in this PST, please indicate the total number of contact hours below. Enter N/A if the PST is for licensed staff only.
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Team Leader Compensation *
Professional Study Team Clarification
What problem/need have you identified as the focus of this PST? *
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What are your reasons for studying this? *
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What data/background information did you use to come up with your reasons? *
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What will you be doing to study this problem/need? Be specific! *
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How will this study result in improved professional practice and/or increased student learning? *
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How does addressing this issue align with school/personal goals? *
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Collaboration
List the appropriate building and/or district personnel that you have informed of the project. Be sure to include your building principal as one of your contacts. *
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Collaboration with colleagues *
A PST involves collaboration with colleagues. At least two-thirds of the time spent (i.e. 10 hours of a 1 semester hour credit PST) must be in collaboration. The remaining one-third (i.e. 5 hours for a 1 semester hour credit PST) can be independent work. This work must be documented using the PST Study Session Log for group work (page 7 in the PST Guidelines - https://goo.gl/mXzJYJ ) and the Individual Time Log (p. 10 in the PST Guidelines) - for individual work , if applicable. Please enter the hours that will be spent doing independent work, or enter N/A if there will be no independent work.
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Individual Summary Reports
Each participant in the PST will create a report that includes:

* A detailed summary of learnings.
* A specific plan for how he/she will incorporate these learnings in his/her classroom instruction.
* A specific plan for addressing what changes in professional practice will occur as a result of these learnings.
* A reflection on how new learnings could be applied school-wide, department-wide, at the grade level, etc.
* An Individual Time Log (if the PST includes independent work time)

Target Group *
Who will be participating in the PST? If participation in this PST is restricted or limited, please explain. (Example: First and second grade teachers at Eagle Crest Elementary)
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Is there a maximum number of participants you will accept? If so, how many? *
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List all meeting dates, locations, and times below. *
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