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Descriptor Code: GAD
Professional Learning Opportunities  
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Competencies means knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by personnel to satisfactorily carryout the duties and responsibilities of assigned positions.


Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) is the comprehensive plan of a school system or a school that directs all educational activities and informs all educational decisions, for all programs and all funding sources, state and federal.  This plan represents the school system’s comprehensive, integrated plan for school improvement. The CSIP comprises the basis of the system’s Consolidated Grant Application.


Needs are conditions in which the actual status of personnel, with respect to knowledge of and performance in their fields of employment, is below the level of performance desired by the individual supervisor or the employing organization.


Professional Learning is an integral part of the system and school CSIP detailing the method for establishing, coordinating and maintaining professional learning programs that address the assessed needs of all students, and school and system personnel.


Professional learning consists of learning opportunities that are aligned with the approved CSIP of a school or school system.


Professional Learning Advisory Committee is a representative committee that advises and assists the system coordinator in the assessment of professional learning needs, determination of priorities, content and quality of activities, evaluation of the program and modification of the professional learning portion of the system’s CSIP.


Professional Learning Coordinator is the system superintendent or designee whose job description includes responsibilities and functions for administering, coordinating and directing the local professional learning program.


Program evaluation is the determination of overall quality and effectiveness of professional learning activities in relation to the system and school CSIPs, including formative and summative assessments.


Stipend are funds awarded to system certified personnel, paraprofessionals and aides for having successfully completed learning opportunities that have occurred at any time during the fiscal year outside of an employee’s normal contract/work hours.






To provide an opportunity for all Jasper County school officials and personnel to continue their development throughout their careers, the Jasper County Board of Education adopts the following:

A.    The Superintendent shall designate a person to coordinate the Professional Learning program.


  1. An advisory committee will be appointed to assist the Professional Learning coordinator in carrying out activities.


  1. A comprehensive System School Improvement Plan will be developed and implemented which includes a three year plan for Professional Learning. This plan shall contain the following major components:


1.      A process that identifies professional learning needs for certified and non-certified individuals based not only on performance evaluations and state of professional growth but also on evaluations of the effectiveness of instructional programs and student achievement data;


2.      Professional learning opportunities planned and scheduled that address the identified needs of all public school officials and personnel;


3.      Professional learning programs based on annual and measurable student outcomes and priorities determined annually by the local board of education;


4.      Administrative procedures for ensuring all professional learning activities for all personnel are reported under one approved comprehensive plan;


5.      Procedures of the Professional Learning Advisory Committee;


6.      An evaluation system, including procedures and forms, to evaluate the success of each activity and the effectiveness of the total professional learning program (both formative and summative evaluation).  This design must also account for the extent to which professional development programs effectively address deficiencies and other needs identified through the annual evaluation of personnel;


7.      An allocation of sufficient funding from all sources to support professional learning programs in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan; and


8.      An annual report to the local board of education describing the progress in meeting the goals and objectives of the comprehensive Professional learning Plan.


Each school shall develop a comprehensive Professional Learning plan aligned with all components of the system CSIP.  In this plan the following items will also be developed.


  1. Procedures to assure that all certified staff and paraprofessionals have the opportunity to participate in the identification of individual and/or collective professional learning activities for their school.


  1. Procedures to assure that all individual and collective professional learning activities are aligned with the school CSIP.


Expenditures of Funds


Professional learning funds may be expended for one or more of the following:


  1. Release time for teachers to serve as mentor teachers;
  2. Release time for teachers to participate in professional learning activities, i.e., substitute teacher salaries and employee benefits;
  3. Travel for professional learning purposes;
  4. Professional and technical service fees and expenses for instructors and consultants;
  5. Instructional equipment for professional learning purposes;
  6. Training materials and supplies;
  7. Stipends;
  8. Reimbursement for expenditures of persons who successfully complete; conferences, workshops or courses approved by the Professional Learning Advisory Committee; and
  9. For any other Quality Basic Education (QBE) program


Stipends may be awarded only under the following circumstances:


  1. There is evidence that the competencies gained during the professional learning activity are aligned with an individual plan, or a school or district improvement plan; and/
  2. There is evidence that the competencies gained have been implemented/demonstrated in the classroom/work setting.


Stipends may be paid to participants in professional learning activities that occur between the time that the school year concludes and the next year begins. However, satisfactory classroom/work setting implementation must be documented in a reasonable amount of time after the next school year begins or the amount of the stipend must be returned to the school system. This policy includes faculty members who leave the school system between the time the stipend is issued and the new school year begins.


Funds budgeted for professional learning should be used only to compensate personnel for activities that relate to school and school system educational programs.


Funds budgeted for professional learning should be used primarily for activities that enhance the skills of certified personnel and directly relate to student achievement.


No state professional learning funds should be used to compensate individuals for the primary purpose of obtaining an advanced degree and/or certification endorsements, unless such advanced degree and and/or certification endorsements are earned at the request of the school system to meet an identified need, or as part of anapproved individual professional growth plan.


QBE formula “staff and professional development” funds should not be used to pay stipends to school board members or to school council members who are not employees of the school system.




OCGA:           20-2-86;  20-2-167(a)(3);  20-2-182(h);  20-2-204;  20-2-210;

                        20-2-217;  20-2-230;  20-2-231(c);  20-2-232.


Jasper County Board of Education
Original Adopted Date:  7/1/2004
Last Revised:  1/17/2012

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

Note: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
State Reference Description
O.C.G.A 20-02-0161 QBE formula/program weights
O.C.G.A 20-02-0162 Annual recalculation of funding; mid-term adjustment
O.C.G.A 20-02-0167 Funding for direct instructional, media center and staff development costs; submission of budget
O.C.G.A 20-02-0190 Professional development centered on state-wide strategic initiatives
O.C.G.A 20-02-0200 Regulation by Professional Standards Commission (PSC); certification requirements; effect of unsatisfactory evaluation
O.C.G.A 20-02-0201 Specific course requirements; in-service/continuing education
O.C.G.A 20-02-0201.1 Professional Learning Rules Task Force
O.C.G.A 20-02-0210 Annual performance evaluation of all school personnel
O.C.G.A 20-02-0213.1 Pay-for-performance for rewarding group activity
O.C.G.A 20-02-0217 Professional and staff development stipends
O.C.G.A 20-02-0230 New board member orientation to educational program objectives required
O.C.G.A 20-02-0751.7 Student reporting of inappropriate behavior by teacher/staff
O.C.G.A. 20-02-0182 Program weights to reflect funds for payment of salaries and benefits
Rule 160-3-3-.04 Professional Learning
Rule 160-4-3-.11 Extended Day Grant Program
Rule 160-4-8-.19 Suicide Prevention Training Requirement for Certificated School System Personnel
Rule 160-4-9-.03 Statewide Vocational Staff Development Eligibility
Rule 160-4-9-.07 Charter Systems
Rule 160-5-1-.02 School Day and School Year for Students and Employees
Rule 160-5-6-.01 Statewide School Nutritional Program
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