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A strong district-wide Human Resource Development Plan centers around professional development activities that help the district achieve its educational objectives. Professional development is a process that fosters personal and professional growth for individuals within their respectful, supportive, positive organizational climate. The ultimate goal of the professional development process is better learning and continuous, responsible self-renewal for educators and school. It is important to think of professional development activities as encompassing a wide range of professional growth experiences. Professional development refers to a systematically planned comprehensive set of ongoing professional growth activities carried out over time to achieve specific school improvement objectives.
At the core of continuous improvement is the belief that learning about one's work is never finished. It is every educator's task to refine skills, inquire into practice, and construct craft knowledge while working with peers. The explosion of educational research has meant there is much more to know and apply concerning instruction, learning, and leadership in order to become a more effective educator. Continuous improvement also implies that professional development supports the ongoing growth and development of new skills. Professional development cannot be confined to a few specific days in the school calendar; rather it should include ongoing, job-embedded examination and development of new methods.
Strategies that support ongoing development include study groups, action research groups, observation and assessment, peer coaching, training and follow up, school improvement and curriculum implementation teams, and problem-solving sessions throughout the school year. The Professional Development Advisory Committee is organized with staff representation for the purpose of supporting the above by developing and implementing a district-wide professional-development plan.
The committee members take their role seriously, and their goal is to develop in-service opportunities that address district, building, and staff needs and reflect district goals. After conducting a staff survey in the winter of each year, the committee identifies areas upon which professional development will be framed.
The Flexible PIR opportunities offered in PIR eCentral reflect input from these surveys. The professional development advisory committee is committed to offering Flexible options for certified staff based on the belief that staff members are in the best position to select and participate in in-service that reflects their professional needs and goals and that multiple opportunities should be provided throughout the year. We hope teachers will find PIR eCentral useful in building their professional development plan.
All PIR workshops contained in PIR eCentral qualify for renewal units (recertification credit). Certificate of verification will be provided upon completion. The Office of Public Instruction no longer maintains paper files for renewal units for teachers. Teachers are required to keep their own certificates and present them for renewal.
The certificate holder is responsible for being sure that if renewal unit credit is expected, it has been arranged for by the organizer/sponsor of that program; obtaining a certificate of verification, signed and dated, with the name of the program and the amount of renewal credit earned; and keeping said certificate in his/her personal file for use when renewing certification.
PIR stands for Pupil-Instruction-Related. The Administrative Rules of Montana specify that a school that is in session for at least 180 pupil-instruction days may count for the year a maximum of seven PIR days with a minimum of three of the days for instructional and professional development meetings or other appropriate in-service training. These seven PIR days, in addition to the 180 pupil-instructed days, may be counted, provided that such additional days do not include any time counted for pupil instruction and are used for one or more of the following purposes:
(a) Staff orientation held prior to the beginning of pupil instruction for the purpose of organization of the school year.
Flexible offerings that qualify for PIR credit can be selected from the following:
The PIR year begins on the first day of summer vacation and runs until the last contracted duty day, usually sometime the first week in June. Pay will be docked, including benefits and retirement, if hours are not completed on time.