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Professional Growth Activities For All Professional Clear Credential Holders.   

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(a) Each activity that a credential holder includes in a professional growth plan and record shall satisfy standards (1), (2), and (3) of this subdivision. A professional growth advisor may require a credential holder to explain how an activity satisfies or is likely to satisfy one or more of the standards stated in this subdivision.

(1) The activity is of high quality and is consistent with the credential holder's professional growth goals, as stated in the professional growth plan.

(2) The activity will contribute to the credential holder's competence, performance or effectiveness in one or more of the domains of professional growth that are specified in subdivision (b) of this section.

(3) The activity fits one of the categories of professional growth activities that are specified in subdivision (c) of this section.

(b) Domains of professional growth for multiple or singles subject teaching credentials include the following:

(1) A subject the credential holder teaches, or reasonably expects to teach, in kindergarten or in grades one through twelve.

(2) A field of specialization in which the credential holder serves, or reasonably expects to serve, in kindergarten or in grades one through twelve.

(3) Concepts, principles and methods of effective teaching, curriculum, and evaluation in kindergarten or in grades one through twelve.

(4) Concepts and principles of physical, intellectual, social and emotional development among children and youth.

(5) Concepts and principles of human communication, learning, motivation and individuality.

(6) Languages and cultural backgrounds of groups of children and youth that attend California schools.

(7) Concepts and principles of effective relationships among schools, families and communities.

(8) Roles, organization, and operation of public education and of institutions that promote public education.

(c) Domains of professional growth for specialist and service credentials shall be defined as follows:

(1) A field of specialization in which the credential holder serves, or reasonably expects to provide.

(2) Concepts, principles, and methods of effective intervention, instruction, curriculum design, evaluation, assessment, and consultation.

(3) Concepts and principles of interrelationships of family members and the physical, intellectual, social-emotional, and language development of children and youth.

(4) Concepts and principles of human communication, learning, motivation, individuality and family dynamics.

(5) Understanding of ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity, especially the current demographics, diverse language/dialects and multicultural backgrounds of the California population.

(6) Concepts and principles of effective relationships among schools, families, agencies, businesses, and local communities.

(7) Understanding of, and problem solving related to, current issues facing schools and communities.

(8) The organization, operation, management, and leadership of programs or sites and the roles of the people who work at these sites or in these programs.

(9) The understanding and use of technology in educational settings.

(d) Categories of professional growth activities shall be as defined in this subdivision.

(1) Completion of one or more lower division, upper division or graduate level courses offered on campus, off campus or in extension by any regionally accredited two-year or four-year college or university.

(2) Participation in those portions of one or more conferences, workshops, teacher center programs or staff development programs whose purpose is to increase the professional knowledge, competence, performance or effectiveness of participants.

(3) Participation in one or more systematic programs of observation and analysis of teaching, provided that each program is planned, focuses on one or more predetermined aspects of teaching and includes follow-up activities such as discussion, critique or application of what has been observed or analyzed.

(4) Service in a leadership role in an educational institution, consistent with the following definition and restriction.

(A) Activities in which the credential holder contributes to the improvement of a school district or other educational institution shall be acceptable, including activities in which he or she assists student teachers or other teachers in their instructional development, either as a mentor teacher or in another appointed capacity.

(B) Activities shall not acceptable if they are part of the routine functioning of an educational institution, or if they are part of a teacher's basic responsibilities, including (but not limited to) planning lessons, arranging a classroom environment, preparing assorted instructional materials, assessing student performances, or keeping records.

(5) Service in a leadership role in a professional organization, consistent with the following definition and restriction.

(A) To be an acceptable activity, the credential holder must serve as an elected officer, or a chair of a committee, or an official representative of an organization of professional educators, and he or she must participate in charting, planning or forming educational or professional policies, positions or directions for the organization to pursue.

(B) Activities that contribute to the ongoing operations or functioning of a professional organization shall not be acceptable, such as efforts to increase the membership or participate in collective bargaining activities.

(6) Participation in efforts to conduct educational research or to investigate educational innovations shall be acceptable, provided that the credential holder has an active role in one or more of the following stages of the effort: planning, developing, piloting, field testing or evaluating a study or innovation; or analyzing, interpreting, demonstrating or disseminating the results of a study or innovation.

(7) Other activities that shall be acceptable are defined below.

(A) Participation in a professional exchange program, provided that the credential holder changes positions with another educator for a specified period of time.

(B) Participation in alternative work experience programs, paid or volunteer, in which the credential holder fulfills new professional responsibilities for a specified period of time.

(C) Participation in a program of independent study, provided that the credential holder investigates a specified aspect of education, produces a written report or other tangible product, and evaluates the independent study and its product.

(D) Creative endeavors, provided that the credential holder creates a tangible product that exhibits originality of thought and execution, or participates in a production in which the credential holder exhibits a creative talent, and provided that the creative endeavors directly relate to a subject or student group the credential holder teaches or reasonably expects to teach.

(E) Cultural experiences, such as attendance at museums or musical, dramatic or dance productions, or cross-cultural immersion in the language and culture of an ethnic or national group, provided that the experiences directly relate to a subject or student group the credential holder teaches or reasonably expects to teach.

(e) Holder of credentials requiring prerequisite credentials may choose activities which are subsumed under either their service or specialist credential or their supporting teaching credential area provided that the previous domain/activity requirements have been satisfied and their advisor approves such activities.

(f) For those service credential holders holding other licenses in areas directly related to the credential (e.g., a Registered Nurse license for school nurse/health service) continuing education hours completed necessary to satisfy license renewal requirements will also be recognized for credential renewal professional growth activity. Any additional professional growth activity necessary to complete credential renewal requirements shall be confined to the activities listed in the allowable domains in Section 80558(c).

Authority cited:

Education Code 44225(b)

Reference:

Education Code 44277(a) and

(Amended by Register 94, No. 19.)