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2017-2018 Professional Development Request Form

 

 

All licensed educators in Arkansas are required to obtain a minimum of 36 hours of professional development each year to renew their teaching license.  Any professional development paid for by Federal funds does not count towards the 36 hours required by the State.  Required Professional Development for License Renewal is based on the Rules for Professional Development.

Any time that federal funds are used to pay for professional development those hours will not count towards your 36 required hours.

Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development

Rules Governing K-12 Professional Development for Educators

Rules for Arkansas School Board Members Training

 

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Scheduled Professional Development (Act 969 of 2013)

  • Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter - two hours in 2013-2014 and every fourth year thereafter
  • Parent Involvement - two hours in 2014-2015 and every fourth year thereafter
  • Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention - two hours in 2015-2016 and every fourth year thereafter
  • Arkansas History* - two hours in 2016-2017 and every fourth year thereafter  for those who provide* instruction in Arkansas History
  • Human Trafficking – beginning in 2017-2018 school year 

 

 

What is professional development?  The following definition is from the national professional learning organization Learning Forward.

The term “professional development” means a comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving teachers’ and principals’ effectiveness in raising student achievement.

Standards for Professional Learning Quick Overview

Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.

Learning Communities: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.

Leadership: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.

Resources: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.

Data: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.

Learning Designs: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.

Implementation: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for the implementation of professional learning for long-term change.

Outcomes: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.

Source: Learning Forward. (2011). Standards for Professional Learning. More information is available at http://www.learningforward.org/standards-forprofessional-learning.