The Board of Education of the North Kansas City School District recognizes the relationship
between high-quality professional development and student achievement and therefore commits to
a high-quality professional staff development program. The program will be aligned with the current
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and based on available student achievement data
and the results of needs assessment at the school and district level.
In support of this commitment the Board will:
1. Establish a Professional Development Committee (PDC) that will create and implement a
Professional Development Plan (PDP) based on the district's CSIP. The PDP must be
approved by the Board.
2. Allocate adequate funding for high-quality professional development activities as defined
3. Provide leave and dismissal time for approved professional growth activities and
reimbursement for expenses related to conferences and visitations.
4. Provide opportunities for increased compensation or advancement on the salary schedule
with additional education or training in accordance with Board policies and procedures.
5. Provide opportunities for collective participation by staff members in the same school
community, subject area, grade level or department.
Professional Development for Teachers
The professional development program for teachers will:
1. Be sustained over time.
2. Focus on specific content areas or instructional practices.
3. Support the collective learning of teachers.
4. Align with district, school and teacher goals.
5. Be infused with active learning and provide teachers the opportunity to practice and apply
Professional development for teachers will include a beginning teacher assistance program and a
mentoring program that meets or exceeds the standards established by the Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education (DESE).
Professional Development for Administrators
Professional development activities will be provided for superintendents, principals and other district
personnel charged with administrative functions. As with professional development for teachers,
professional development for administrators will be available on an individual basis and as part of
a collective group.
Administrators will participate in the Mentoring Program for Administrators (MPA) supported by
the Missouri Partnership for Mentoring School Leaders.
The PDC will conduct an annual evaluation of the professional development program to determine
whether professional development is aligned with the district's CSIP and identified instructional
strategies. To the extent possible, the evaluation will determine the effect of the professional
development program on student achievement as measured by assessments of student mastery of
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
MSIP Refs: 6.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.4.3, 6.7
Legal Refs: §§ 160.530, 163.021.4, 168.400, RSMo.
5 C.S.R. 20-400.380
North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri
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