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Professional Credentials & Staff Development, Policy No. 479

Professional Credentials & Staff Development, Policy No. 479

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Each technology center employee is responsible for obtaining and maintaining the proper and necessary certification or licensure for the position to which he/she is assigned. Employees must provide a current copy of all credentials to the human resource office at the time of hire and promptly upon any renewal, retesting, achievement, etc.

The technology center’s certified personnel must accumulate a minimum of seventy-five (75) points during a five-year period, with some points completed each year. However, no more than a total of one hundred fifty (150) hours of local, state, or federal professional development or training shall be required for classroom instructors during any five-year period. These points will be authorized by prior approval of the activity by the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction or designee and will follow the guidelines as established by the staff development committee and the board of education of the technology center. The technology center shall keep a record of each staff development activity in the district provided tracking resource.

Instructors will have access to points earned in the district provided tracking resource. Instructors are responsible for their point status and correcting any deficiencies.

For accounting purposes, staff development requirements by the local staff development plan, points must be in, on or before the last day of the current school year. A re-employment contract is contingent upon successful completion of the requirements of the local staff development policy. Points earned while teaching at another school may be transferred for credit at this institution.

Instructors must attend all meetings called or approved by the superintendent or individual building administrators. Instructors are expected to attend those professional meetings for which they are given days off from instruction to attend. Instructor meetings will be called as needed by the superintendent or designee.

In addition to these requirements, all instructors will be required to participate in individual growth goals in accordance with the programs and guidelines established by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  These growth goals will be established in conjunction with an instructor’s evaluation (regardless of whether an instructor is evaluated during a school year) but will not increase the required number of professional development points needed under this policy. 

Reference: OAC 210: 20-19-3; OKLA. STAT. tit. 70 § 6-194.