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Santa Maria-Bonita SD |  BP  4131  Personnel

Staff Development   

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Staff development is viewed by the Board of Education as a continuous, systematic effort to improve educational programs in this school district through staff involvement in organized program planning, implementation and evaluation efforts and activities to upgrade the knowledge and ability of the total school staff.

In our rapidly changing society teachers must constantly review curricular content, teaching methods and materials, educational philosophy and goals, social change and other topics related to education. The Board recognizes that it shares with its certificated staff responsibility for the upgrading and updating of teacher performance and attitudes. The Board supports the principle of continuing training of teachers and the improvement of instruction.

Employees shall be provided opportunities for the development of increased competence beyond that which they may attain through the performance of their assigned duties.

Special emphasis shall be made to better prepare teachers and other school personnel to meet the needs of students of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Planning and implementation of such programs shall be done cooperatively by administration, teachers and parent advisory groups.

Staff development activities should respond directly to the educational needs of the students, including: (a) content areas such as language arts, including reading and writing, math, social science and science, (b) methodological areas such as motivation, teaching techniques and classroom management, and (c) affective areas of interpersonal relations of students and faculty, student growth and development and staff communication, problem solving and decision-making.

The Superintendent is encouraged to provide the staff with developmental opportunities in areas such as the following:

l. Released time and leaves of absence for travel and study.

2. Visits to other classrooms and other schools.

3. Conferences involving other personnel from the district, county, state, region or nation.

4. Membership in committees drawing personnel from various sources.

5. Training classes and workshops offered by the district.

6. Further training in institutions of higher learning, including credit courses conducted in the district or nearby, instead of the college campus, whenever possible.

7. A full, up-to-date professional library for the use of certificated staff including materials on management and leadership in the public schools.

8. Professional educational conferences.

9. Instructional improvement as outlined in the Classroom Teacher Instructional Improvement Program. (Education Code 44700 et seq.)

NOTE: NUMBER 9 IS OPTIONAL PURSUANT TO EDUCATION CODE 44702.

NOTE: EDUCATION CODE 35160.5 REQUIRES THAT THE BOARD ADOPT A POLICY ON TRAINING, ASSISTANCE AND EVALUATION OF PROBATIONARY CERTIFICATED PERSONNEL. THE LANGUAGE BELOW CAN SATISFY THIS REQUIREMENT.

Probationary Certificated Employees

The Board recognizes the need for the continuous training of new certificated teachers to improve their classroom performance and instruction. Probationary employees shall receive training, assistance and evaluations consistent with their needs as new teachers and shall be given the opportunity to increase their competency as teachers through the staff development program of the district.

Such training and assistance may consist of inservice training and/or meetings with the employee's evaluator to discuss areas of excellence and areas requiring improvement. Inservice training, at the district's discretion, may be provided during school hours as part of a comprehensive staff training program.

Evaluations will recognize potential special needs of probationary employees by:

a. Assisting each employee to realize his/her highest potential and service to the district.

b. Identifying and rendering early assistance to new staff members who are in need of assistance.

c. Being based upon a district-wide statement of goals and standards of expected progress.

Evaluation and assessment of the performance of each probationary employee shall be made on a continuing basis, at least once every school year. Instructional or administrative staff, as assigned by the Superintendent, shall assist probationary employees with needed training. The Board shall review this policy annually.

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation)

(cf. 4116 - Probationary/Permanent Status)

Legal References:

EDUCATION CODE

10304 Holding of combined annual and local institutes (teachers' institute)

35160.5 Mandated policies required by December 1, 1984

44032 Payment of expenses; advance of funds; direction of travel by governing board

44259.5 Standards for preparation for all students

44277 Requirements for maintaining valid credentials; professional growth program

44327 Alternative professional development plans for teacher trainees

44560 In-service preparation in ethnic backgrounds

44570-44578 In-service training - personnel, secondary education

44580-4459l In-service training - personnel elementary teachers instructional skills

44630-44643 Professional Development and Program Improvement Act of 1968

44670-44680.9 School personnel staff development and resource centers

44682 et seq. Administrator training and evaluation

44700 et seq. Classroom teacher instructional improvement program

44830.3 Teacher trainees' professional development plan

52000 Improvement of elementary and secondary education (in general)

52022 Time during the school year to advise students or conduct staff development programs

52034(g) Staff development activities reflecting the goals of Chapter 6

52043 Staff development activities affecting the Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Policy SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: Santa Maria, California