All certified teachers and administrators in Kentucky schools are required to complete 24 hours of professional development annually. The professional development is tied closely to school and district improvement plans and to individual employee growth plans. Each district in Kentucky receives an allocation for professional development through state funds. Other sources such as Title 1 and Title 2 funds are used, also. Those funds are allocated to the schools through the Comprehensive Planning Process according to the requirements of the funding grant and school and district needs.
School professional development plans can be found in the Downloads Section: Professional Development of the website at http://www.paducah.kyschools.us/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=99&Itemid=56
High quality professional development is defined in 704 KAR 3:035 Section (1) (1) as “those experiences that systematically, over a sustained period of time, enable educators to facilitate the learning of students by acquiring and applying knowledge, understanding, skills, and abilities that address the instructional improvement goals of the school district, the individual school, or the individual professional growth needs of the educator”.
Standards for Professional Development
Standard 1: Professional Development is aligned with:
- local school and district goals and priorities as reflected in the school or district improvement plan or individual professional growth plans;
- Kentucy Standards and Indicators for School Improvement; and
- Kentucky New or Experienced Teacher Standards or Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, or other professional/job standards.
Standard 2: Professional development is a continuous process of learning through consciously constructed relevant job-embedded experiences so that professional development experiences and professional learning are integrated in the day-to day work of teachers, administrators, and others to support improved practices, effectiveness and the application of skills, processes, and content.
Standard 3: Professional development focuses on the knowledge and skills teachers, principals, administrators, and other school and district staff are to know and to do in support of student learning and students’ well being. Professional development is based on what students need to know and be able to do in order to meet Kentucky’s challenging content standards and student performance standards. Student content, performance and opportunity to learn standards are the core of professional development.
Standard 4: Professional development actively engages teachers, principals, administrators, and others in learning experiences that advance their understanding and application of research based instructional practices and skills that reduce barriers to learning, close achievement gaps, and improve student performance
Standard 5: Professional development prepares teachers, administrators, school council members and others in the school community as instructional leaders and collaborative partners in improving student performance
Standard 6: Professional development is data and results driven focused on increasing teachers, administrators, and others’ effectiveness in improving student performance and is continuously evaluated to improve the quality and impact of professional development.
Standard 7: Professional development fosters an effective ongoing learning community that supports a culture and climate conducive to performance excellence. Standard 8: Professional development is culturally responsive and facilitates removing barriers to learning in an effort to meet each student’s needs
Standard 9: Professional development is planned collaboratively (e.g., teachers and principals) and organized to maximize the collaborative use of all available resources to support high student and staff performance Standard 10: Professional Development fosters a comprehensive, long-range change process that communicates clear purpose, direction, and strategies to support teaching and learning. Standard 11: Professional development is grounded in the critical attributes of adult pedagogy.