PD General Information

GT and ESL training requirements
Technology requirements for educators
Special education requirements
Overnight travel for staff development
Staff development certificates
Staff development for certificate renewal
Staff development for non-instructional personnel


STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Policy DMA
Staff development activities are organized to meet the needs of employees and the district. Staff development for instructional personnel is predominantly campus-based, related to achieving campus performance objectives. Staff development must be addressed in the campus and district improvement plans. District-wide staff development requires approval of the District Educational Improvement Council.

Individuals holding renewable SBEC certificates are responsible for obtaining the required training hours and maintaining appropriate documentation.

GT and ESL training requirements
To meet the goal of success for all students, LHISD teachers are required to attend a 30-hour GT Institute and to obtain ESL certification by attending an ESL Academy and passing the ESL TExES certification exam. New hires must complete the requirements within two years of being hired by the district. Completion is a requirement of continued employment.

Opportunities for both GT and ESL training will be provided locally. LHISD will reimburse the $120 test registration fee when a staff member has added the ESL certification to his/her certificate. A copy of the certificate must be sent to Claudeane Braun at the Central Office before payment will be made.

After attending the initial 30-hour GT Institute, teachers are required to attend a six-hour yearly GT update.

Technology requirements for educators
The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) has approved educator certification standards in Technology Applications for all beginning educators. The standards address what all teachers should know and be able to do as applied to the Technology Application Student Standards.

The Texas Education Agency recommends that all educators strive to meet these SBEC standards. All educators are expected to create a personal learning plan, attend training, and demonstrate proficiency in all the technology standards within two years of hire date.

All other staff members (except Auxiliary Personnel) are expected to create a personal learning plan, attend training, and demonstrate proficiency in the technology standards that are applicable to their job responsibilities.

The Instructional Technology Department will work closely with the Curriculum Department to meet technology training needs of all employees.

Special education requirements
All special education teachers and aides must be trained in TBSI and SAMA. Life Skills teachers and aides must also be CPR certified and must attend the required updates.

Overnight travel for staff development
Due to financial limitations, as a rule, the district will not fund meals, transportation, and lodging for staff development activities. Employees are encouraged to utilize Project Share and to attend staff development activities within the Region 13 service area or within a day’s drive.

With the principal’s approval, the district may pay registration fees for out-of-area conferences, but all other expenses, including lodging, meals, parking fees, and travel, will be the teacher’s responsibility.

The administrative team will consider exceptions that involve program certification. Preapproved exceptions are coaching school, band directors’ conference, Skyward conference, CTE conferences, and other trainings that are required by the nature of the district assignment or are paid for with outside grants.

Staff development certificates
All staff members need to keep original staff development certificates.  Staff members need to access their transcript of training in Eduphoria Workshop to review it.  All in-district staff development should appear on the transcript. If you submitted a PD request in Eduphoria FormSpace for out-of-district workshops and have submitted your certificate to the Central Office, those trainings should appear on your transcript. Submit certificates for all out-of district training to Michelle Petterson at the Central Office.

To receive a certificate for ESC 13 trainings, teachers must complete an on-line evaluation.  Use the last four digits of your Social Security Number as your password.  Do not change the password. If you have changed it, please change it back. The password is used to register you and pay for training. If you need help with the ESC 13 system, call or email Michelle Petterson.

Staff development for certificate renewal
Each individual who holds a Standard Certificate is responsible for renewing the certificate.  To be eligible for renewal, the classroom teacher must satisfy Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements.  The renewal date of a Standard Certificate will be five years after the last day of the certificate holder’s birth month.  If a classroom teacher holds multiple certificates, all can be renewed concurrently and all are subject to renewal during the certificate holder’s birth month five years after the earliest certificate was issued.

Classroom teachers are required to complete at least 150 clock hours of CPE, and principals must complete 200 clock hours during each five-year renewal period.  Teachers are encouraged to complete a minimum of 30 clock hours of CPE each year of the renewal period, and principals are encouraged to complete 40 hours. One semester hour of credit earned at an accredited institution of higher education is equivalent to 15 CPE clock hours.  Only those professional education activities from approved registered providers will be accepted for renewal purposes. For a list of approved providers, please see: www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/certinfo/regprov.asp. LHISD is a registered provider.

Certificates can be renewed up to 6 months prior to the expiration date.

It is very important for SBEC to have current contact information for all certified staff.  Information can be updated on the TEA website under the Teachers tab.

Staff development for non-instructional personnel
Staff development for non-instructional personnel is designed to meet specific licensing requirements (e.g., bus drivers, cafeteria staff) and/or continued employee skill development.