Professional Development QDTA Pro-D Committee Chair: Amber Carriere
The Quesnel District Teachers' Association is committed to high quality professional development opportunities for our members.
The Professional Development Committee shall adhere to the following principles:
It is the policy of the teachers of Quesnel to provide as innovative, as varied, as progressive and as meaningful professional development as possible.
Participation by teachers in professional development should be on a voluntary basis.
An effective needs assessment process should be the starting point of professional development. Planners of professional development should work as colleagues with the users in identification of needs, the planning of the training and the continuing tailoring of the activities to fit teachers' needs.
Decisions as to who is to provide professional development services should be made in consulation with the intended recipients of the services.
Professional development activities should include the growth of competence, collegiality and flexibility.
The individual teacher should be given the opportunity and the time to pursue her/his professional development objectives.
Collegial support, on-site coaching and on-going support should be available to the individual teacher to allow for adequate internalization or behaviour change.
Professional development programs should incorporate a wide repertoire of teaching approaches and no one professional development program should be viewed as a universal panacea for the improvement of instruction.
The ultimate goals of any professional development program are the improvement of student instruction and the educational effectiveness of schools.
Professional Development Fund
Every contract teacher has access to PD funding for the months they work. When teachers access leaves funds are frozen until their return. Some TTOC's have personal accounts that were established prior to the policy change to a Special Initiatives Fund. Those TTOCs can access their personal fund but will not receive the yearly allotment. Instead they have access to monies through the process described below.
Please check your account to ensure it is accurate. Any questions should be directed to the QDTA office and not the PD chairperson.
QDTA members in contracts have access to a personal Pro-D account. This account has funds added to it yearly through the Pro-D budgeting process. Funds from this account can be accessed for expenses related to attending conferences as well as professional journals, magazines and books.
To receive reimbursement for an expense related to Pro-D simply fill out the form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheques are usually distributed to Pro-D School Representatives at the monthly Pro-D meetings for dissemination at schools.
Special Initiatives Fund
The purpose of this fund is to assist members with attending Professional Development conferences. The Professional Development committee considers and approves all applications. Members can apply, by filling out the Special Initiatives Form, for up to $750 from this fund every two years.
All money from personal PD account has been used.
Funding from other sources needs to be exhausted (school/district based).
This funding is intended for personal Pro-D not for school team or district initiatives.
Pre-approval for event is strongly recommended, back dated requests for funding cannot be guaranteed.
One application per teacher will be considered.
Special Initiatives money will be distributed as equitably as possible while funding permits.
Please submit thisclaim form, with receipts, to email@example.com for payment upon your return.
There is an expectation that a brief written report will be submitted to the Professional Development Committee about the event and how you shared the information with district colleagues.
Teachers Teaching on Call Special Initiatives Fund
This fund was set up to maximize funding for Teachers Teaching on Call. It is intended to assist TTOC's attend conferences. The TTOC committee approves all applications for this fund. Fund criteria is similar to the SI fund. If you are interested in attending the BCTF New Teachers' conference or other zonal or provincial conferences simply fill out the application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit the claim form with receipts upon return from the conference to email@example.com.
Teacher Mentorship Program
This program is a collaboration between the Quesnel District Teachers' Association and School District #28 It is co-funded and planning is directed by a steering committee composed of District staff, QDTA representatives and the QPVPA.
For additional information or to apply to the program simply download theMentorship Forms.
If you have any questions please contact the QDTA office at 250.992.3737
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There are 33 PSAs that span subject, grade, interest and learning specialist areas relevant to public education in BC. Although each PSA has its own focus and is incorporated under its own constitution, all PSA's share the same purpose: to foster and provide professional development through such actions as organizing conferences, institutes, and workshops, developing curriculum projects and position statements, communicating and liaising with other groups, and championing appropriate standards and working and learning conditions. This shared purpose has long meant that PSAs can achieve more for BC teachers and students by working together.