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Professional Learning & Development

Here, employees can access information on professional learning standards, FLEX professional development, TASL credits and professional development points.

FLEX Professional Learning

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What is Flexible Professional Learning (FLEX)?


Arlington Community Schools is committed to improvement through intentional, reflective and empowering professional learning that meets the individual needs of each school and our instructional staff members. By providing opportunities for flexible professional development hours specific to school needs, professional development is more closely aligned to the district’s strategic goals and targeted to the needs of the teachers. FLEX Professional Learning sessions will be offered over the course of the school year, with the expectation that all designated faculty members will earn hours equivalent to 4 professional development days built into the 2019-2020 instructional calendar.


Who is required to earn FLEX hours?

All full-time instructional staff members (faculty), including teachers, counselors, and therapists (those who are on the 10-month calendar) are required to earn the equivalent of 4 professional development days.


What are the timeline requirements for FLEX hours?

• Faculty is required to earn a total of 28 FLEX hours for the 2019-2020 school year.

• June 2019 begins the FLEX cycle for the 2019-20 school year.

• At least 21 hours must be earned by the end of the 1st Semester (Dec. 2019).

• Yes, all 28 hours can be earned during the summer break.

• The final transcript, reflecting 28 hours, is due on May 1, 2020.


How will I earn my 28 FLEX hours?


• The District Office will offer FLEX sessions throughout the summer (June/July), as well as 2 Saturday offerings during each semester.

• You can seek pre-approval to attend quality PD events offered by outside entities. The Request for FLEX PD Form must be submitted to your principal at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

How do I request FLEX credit for events not hosted by the district?

At least 2 weeks prior to the event, submit a Request for Flex PD form to your principal. He/she will review the request and either approve or deny. The PD opportunity should relate to one’s teaching duties.

Professional Development Points

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TASL for Administrators

Coming Soon.

Professional Learning Standards

In conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education, Arlington Community Schools recognizes the importance of high-quality professional learning in a continuous improvement process to support positive student outcomes. We seek to reinforce what it means to select, plan, implement and evaluate professional learning opportunities. This goal is accomplished by recognizing high-quality professional learning practices based upon research and supporting leaders and educators to reach those standards (Professional Learning Rubric and Quick Guide, 2017).

ACS plans PD in alignment with the Tennessee Professional Learning Standards as stated in the State Board of Education Policy 5.2. We strive to provide professional learning opportunities that are based upon student, educator, community, and/or district needs.



Tennessee Standards for Professional Learning (Adopted 2012)

The Standards for Professional Learning are the essential elements of professional learning that function in synergy to enable educators to increase their effectiveness and student learning. All elements are essential to realize the full potential of educator professional learning. The Standards for Professional Learning describe the attributes of effective professional learning to guide the decisions and practices of all persons with the responsibility to fund, regulate, manage, conceive, organize, implement, and evaluate professional learning.


Educators’ commitment to students, all students, is the foundation of effective professional learning. Each educator involved in professional learning comes to the experience ready to learn. Because there are disparate experience levels, and use of practice among educators, professional learning can foster collaborative inquiry and learning that enhances individual and collective performance. Like all learners, educators learn in different ways and at different rates.

Tennessee Standards for Professional Learning

LEARNING COMMUNITIES: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students occurs within learning communities committed to continuous improvement, collective responsibility, and goal alignment.

LEADERSHIP: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires skillful leaders who develop capacity, advocate, and create support systems for professional learning.

RESOURCES: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students requires prioritizing, monitoring, and coordinating resources for educator learning.

DATA: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students uses a variety of sources and types of student, educator, and system data to plan, assess, and evaluate professional learning.

LEARNING DESIGNS: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students integrates theories, research, and models of human learning to achieve its intended outcomes.

IMPLEMENTATION: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students applies research on change and sustains support for implementation of professional learning for long term change.

OUTCOMES: Professional learning that increases educator effectiveness and results for all students aligns its outcomes with educator performance and student curriculum standards.

References

Professional Learning Rubric and Quick Guide. (2017, September). Retrieved from here.

Policies. (n.d.). Retrieved from here.