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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Kings Canyon Unified School District has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2012-13 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

Staff development activities may include but are not limited to:

1. Professional education conferences or committee meetings

2. Courses offered by institutions of higher education

3. Workshops offered by the district, county office of education or state

4. Small-group activities

5. Self-directed learning

6. Observation of other schools

7. Follow-up activities that help staff implement newly acquired skills

(cf. 3350 - Travel Expenses)

(cf. 4361 - Leaves)

Principal Training Program

The Superintendent or designee may approve a staff development program for principals and vice principals which meet the following conditions:

1. The training shall have a duration of at least 80 hours of intensive individualized support and professional development. An additional 80 hours of intensive individualized support and professional development may be completed over a period of up to two years once the initial 80 hours of training commences. (Education Code 44513)

Training shall be in the following areas: (Education Code 44511)

a. School financial and personnel management

b. Core academic standards

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

c. Curriculum frameworks and instructional materials aligned to the state academic standards

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

d. The use of student assessment instruments, specific ways of mastering the use of assessment data from the Standardized Testing and Reporting program, and school management technology to improve student performance

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - Standardized Testing and Reporting Program)

e. The provision of instructional leadership and management strategies regarding the use of instructional technology to improve student performance

(cf. 6162.7 - Use of Technology in Instruction)

f. Extension of the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired in the preliminary administrative preparation program that is designed to strengthen the ability of administrators to serve all students in the school to which they are assigned

2. The training may include additional areas that may impact student learning, such as pedagogies of learning, motivation of student learning, collaboration, conflict resolution, diversity, parental involvement, employee relations, and the creation of effective learning and workplace environments. (Education Code 44511)

3. For purposes of this program, the Superintendent or designee shall select a staff development provider approved by the State Board of Education. (Education Code 44513)

The Superintendent or designee shall give highest priority to training administrators assigned to, and practicing in, high-priority or hard-to-staff schools.

A high-priority school is one in the bottom half of all schools statewide based on Academic Performance Index rankings. A hard-to-staff school is one in which teachers holding emergency permits or credential waivers make up 20 percent or more of the teaching staff. (Education Code 44510)

(cf. 0520 - Intervention for Underperforming Schools)

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)


approved: May 6, 2002 Reedley, California