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.
Members have access professional development funds to cover expenses for attending conferences, and purchasing professional journals, magazines and books. There are three potential funds for teachers to access: Personal Professional Development Funds, Special Initiatives Fund for Contract Teachers, and Teachers Teaching on Call Special Initiatives Fund.
Personal Professional Development Fund Each contract teacher in the QDTA has a personal professional development fund account. This account gets funds added to it each year through a budgeting process. Contact the Pro-D rep at your school or email email@example.com to check your account balance before submitting any claims.
Contract teachers access this money first for professional development expenses. To receive reimbursement for an expense related to Pro-D simply fill out the form below, scan 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. QDTA Personal Pro D Voucher Form
Special Initiatives Fund for Contract Teachers
The purpose of this fund is to assist contract teachers with attending Professional Development conferences that are a significant distance away (i.e. Vancouver, Kelowna etc.) This fund is intended for personal Pro-D, not for school team or district initiatives. The fund will be distributed as equitably as possible while funding permits. It is strongly recommended that teachers wishing to access the fund get pre-approval for the money because back dated requests cannot be guaranteed. Teachers may only access this fund once every two years. There is an expectation that a brief written report will be submitted to the Professional Development Committee about the event and how you shared your learning with district colleagues.
To be eligible for Special Initiatives funding, contract teachers must meet the following criteria:
All money from personal PD account has been used.
Funding from other sources needs to be exhausted (school/district based).
All applications will be reviewed by the Professional Development committee when they meet on the first Tuesday of each month. If the application is approved, the teacher may fill out, scan and email the following claim form when they return, including all receipts to email@example.com. Contract Teacher Special Initiatives Claim Form(after you've attended)
Special Initiatives Fund for Teachers Teaching on Call
This fund is solely for the use of Teachers Teaching on Call. The QDTA wants to encourage TTOC's in their professional development. TTOC's don't get access to a personal professional development account, so this fund was created to assist them to attend conferences. If you have had a contract in the past then you may have money in a personal account, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out. That money must be used up before a TTOC is able to access this fund. Before registering for a conference, it is strongly recommended that TTOC's apply for pre-approval for funding. Fill out the application form below, scan and email it to email@example.com TTOC Special Initiatives Fund Application Form(before you've attended) All applications will be reviewed by the Professional Development committee when they meet on the first Tuesday of each month. If the application is approved, the TTOC may fill out, scan and email the following claim form when they return, including all receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org TTOC Special Initiatives Fund Claim Form (after you've attended)
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. Take a look at the brochure to learn more about it Teacher Mentorship Brochure
If you have any questions regarding this great program contact the QDTA office.
Join a BCTF Professional Specialists Association today!
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. Teachers can use their professional development funds to join!
Check out more information on all of the PSAs on the BCTF Website