Professional Growth Advisor for Multiple or Single Subject Teaching Credential.
(a) The chief administrative officer, or his or her designee, of a public agency whose employees are required to hold valid teaching credentials shall designate one or more certificated persons to be professional growth advisors if the agency employs one or more holders of professional clear credentials.
(b) To be eligible to be a professional growth advisor for teaching type credential, a person must hold a valid permanent California teaching or services, credential, and a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of postsecondary education. An employing agency that designates one or more professional growth advisors may establish additional qualifications for advisors.
(c) The employing agency shall adopt policies and procedures for the selection of professional growth advisors which contribute the best possible match between the credential holder and the advisor.
(1) Subject matter compatibility, interest in special topics, and interactive skills should be considered in selecting advisors.
(2) Proximity to the work location of the credential holder and reasonable workload for the advisor shall be considered.
(d) An agency which employs holders of professional clear credentials may appoint a professional growth panel(s) to act as an appeal body to resolve disputes between credential holders and professional growth advisors. The panel may also participate in selecting, orienting and assisting professional growth advisors.
(e) The responsibilities of a professional growth advisor shall be as defined in this subdivision.
(1) Know the contents of Education Code Section 44277, this article, and the professional growth manual published by the Commission, and provide for a discussion of these with credential holders. The professional growth advisor shall discuss the staff development needs of the employing agency and the school with the credential holder and may recommend activities and domains of activities.
(2) Advise credential holders and approve professional growth plans and records that have been developed by credential holders, and that comply with the terms of Education Code Section 44277 and this article.
(f) A public agency whose employees are required to hold valid teaching credentials shall give each credential holder the names and work locations of the professional growth advisors who have been designated by the agency.
(g) If a credential holder determines that his or her employing agency has not designated a suitable professional growth advisor, and cannot resolve this problem with a representative of the agency, or if the employer has not designated any professional growth advisors, or if the credential holder is not employed, he or she may seek permission from a responsible officer of another public or private agency to consult with an advisor who is employed by the other agency, or the credential holder may ask the Commission to approve a professional growth plan or record.
(h) No credential holder may serve as his or her own professional growth advisor.
(i) No person or agency shall compel a credential holder to pay any fee or provide any service in exchange for professional growth advice, or for approval of a professional growth plan or record.
(j) The chief administrative officer, or his or her designee, of a public or private employing agency shall remove any professional growth advisor who has been determined by the agency or the Commission to have willfully and arbitrarily violated Education Code Section 44277 or this article.
Education Code 44225(b)
Education Code 44277(d) and (e)
(Amended by Register 94, No. 19.)