PIR Steering 2023-2024

  • Purpose: 

    This committee ensures that the district Professional Development plan is developed collaboratively between teaching staff and administration as required by both the GFPS/GFEA Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Montana Accreditation Standards governing Professional Development (See other information)

    Curriculum Coordinators Rachel Cutler and Beckie Frisbee

    Meeting Frequency: 

    This committee meets from November until March. Each year, the committee reviews data concerning the current year’s PIR offerings and initiates the annual PIR Needs and Interest discussions. Based on this information, the committee works on the priority needs and calls for presenters. The committee reviews PIR proposals and initiates the pre-registration process in April/May to determine interests. After preregistrations have indicated which PIR events have the most interest, then these become the committee’s recommendations to the board of trustees for the subsequent school year beginning in June.

    Current Committee member lists can be accessed by clicking this link:  PIR Committee List

    Usual Meeting Place:
    District Office Building

    Meeting Dates and Times:

    January -- PIR Steering Committee meets

    • Review District PIR Needs
    • Prepare District PIR Survey

    February/March -- PIR Steering Committee meets

    • First Review of PIR proposals
    • Review offerings and providers, check for gaps in the plan
    • Approve PIR proposals

    April -- Pre-registration for new PIR events open on eCentral

    May -- School Board adopts committee recommendations

    Other Information: 

    CBA: A6.I.1 – The professional development program should provide for the needs of teachers at all levels of experience and compliment the implementation of district programs. Teacher needs and recommendations shall be solicited prior to the initial planning and will be considered for decisions on professional development. (p.8).

    Montana Accreditation 10.55.714 Professional Development
    (h) is planned collaboratively by those who will participate in and facilitate that development;
    (3) School district trustees shall establish an advisory committee to evaluate the school district’s current school year professional develop plan and develop and recommend a plan for the subsequent school year.
    (a) The advisory committee shall include, but not be limited to, trustees, administrators, and teachers. A majority of the committee shall be teachers.
    (b) Each school year, school district trustees shall adopt a professional development plan for the subsequent school year based on the recommendation of the advisory committee.
    (c) The plan recommended by the advisory committee and adopted by the school district trustees shall outline how, when, and from whom teachers and specialists shall meet their professional development PIR day expectations.
    (d) Although the advisory committee’s recommendation is advisory, the plan adopted by the school district trustees must include two professional development PIR days in October during which schools must close in order to permit teachers and specialists to attend the annual professional development meetings of state professional associations.
    (h) School district trustees shall file their adopted professional development plan with the office of public instruction and make their plan available to employees and the public.