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The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office believes that, in order to maximize student learning and achievement, certificated staff members must be continuously learning and improving their skills. The County Superintendent or designee shall develop a program of ongoing professional development which includes opportunities for teachers and certificated teaching assistants to enhance their instructional and classroom management skills and become informed about changes in pedagogy and subject matter.

(cf. 6111 - School Calendar)

The County Office staff development program may include, but is not limited to:

1. Mastery of discipline-based knowledge, including academic content in the core curriculum and academic standards

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)

(cf. 6142.5 - Environmental Education)

(cf. 6142.6 - Visual and Performing Arts Education)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

2. Effective, subject-specific teaching methods, strategies, and skills

3. The use of technologies to enhance instruction

(cf. 0440 - District Technology Plan)

4. Sensitivity to and ability to meet the needs of diverse student populations, including, but not limited to, students of various racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged students, gifted and talented students, and at-risk students

(cf. 4112.22 - Staff Teaching Students of Limited English Proficiency)

(cf. 4112.23 - Special Education Staff)

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

(cf. 6141.5 - Advanced Placement)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Language Learners)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

5. Understanding of how academic and career technical instruction can be integrated and implemented to increase student learning

(cf. 6030 - Integrated Academic and Vocational Instruction)

6. Knowledge of strategies that enable parents/guardians to participate fully and effectively in their children's education

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

7. Effective classroom management skills and strategies for establishing a climate that promotes respect, fairness, and discipline, including conflict resolution, intolerance, and hatred prevention

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

8. Ability to relate to students, understand their various stages of growth and development, and motivate them to learn

9. Ability to interpret and use data and assessment results to guide instruction

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Performance)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

10. Topics related to student health, safety, and welfare

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3515.5 - Sex Offender Notification)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)

(cf. 5141.21 - Administering Medication and Monitoring Health Conditions)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

(cf. 5141.52 - Suicide Prevention)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

11. Topics related to employee health, safety, and security

(cf. 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 4119.43/4219.43/4319.43 - Universal Precautions)

(cf. 4157/4257/4357 - Employee Safety)

(cf. 4158/4258/4358 - Employee Security)

As necessary, teachers shall receive professional development which is designed to help them meet the requirements of federal law for teachers of core academic subjects.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4112.24 - Teacher Qualifications Under the No Child Left Behind Act)

The County Superintendent or designee may, in conjunction with individual teachers, develop an individualized program of professional growth which contributes to competence, performance, or effectiveness in teaching and classroom assignments.

(cf. 4112.21 - Interns)

(cf. 4131.1 - Beginning Teacher Support/Induction)

(cf. 4138 - Mentor Teachers)

The County Office staff evaluation process may be used to recommend additional staff development for individual employees.

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4139 - Peer Assistance and Review)

The County Superintendent or designee shall involve teachers, site and County Office administrators, and others, as appropriate, in the development of the County Office staff development program. He/she shall ensure that the County Office staff development program is aligned with County Office priorities for student achievement, program improvement objectives, and LEA plans.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0420.1 - School-Based Program Coordination)

(cf. 0520 - Intervention for Underperforming Schools)

(cf. 0520.1 - High Priority Schools Grant Program)

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 0520.3 - Title I Program Improvement Districts)

(cf. 0520.4 - Quality Education Investment Schools)

The County Office may budget funds for actual and reasonable expenses incurred by staff who participate in staff development activities.

(cf. 3350 - Travel Expenses)

The County Superintendent or designee shall provide a means for continual evaluation of the benefit of staff development activities to both staff and students and shall regularly report to the County Board regarding the effectiveness of the staff development program. Based on the Superintendent's report, the County Office may revise the program as necessary in order to ensure that the staff development program supports the County Office priorities for student achievement.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Legal Reference:


41520-41522 Teacher Credentialing Block Grant, including beginning teacher support

41530-41532 Professional Development Block Grant

44032 Travel expense payment

44259.5 Standards for teacher preparation

44277 Professional growth programs for individual teachers

44279.1-44279.7 Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA)

44560-44562 Certificated Staff Mentoring Program

44570-44578 Inservice training, secondary education

44580-44591 Inservice training, elementary teachers

44630-44643 Professional Development and Program Improvement Act of 1968

44700-44705 Classroom teacher instructional improvement program

44735 Teaching as a Priority; teacher recruitment and retention in high-priority schools

44755-44757.5 Inservice training in reading instruction, grades K-3

48980 Notification of parents/guardians: schedule of minimum days

52800-52870 School-Based Program Coordination Act

56240-56245 Staff development; service to persons with disabilities

99200-99206 Subject matter projects

99220-99227 California Professional Development Institutes

99230-99242 Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program


44579-44579.6 Instructional Time and Staff Development Reform Program


3543.2 Scope of representation of employee organization


6100-6125 Teacher qualifications, No Child Left Behind Act

11980-11986 Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program

13025-13044 Professional development and program improvement


6319 Highly qualified teachers

6601-6702 Preparing, Training and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals

7801 Definitions, highly qualified teacher


United Faculty of Contra Costa Community College District v. Contra Costa Community College District, (1990) PERB Order No. 804, 14 PERC P21, 085

Management Resources:


NCLB Teacher Requirements Resource Guide, March 2004


California Standards for the Teaching Profession, 1997


Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing:

California Department of Education, Professional Development:

California Subject Matter Projects:


adopted: May 30, 2008 Sonora, California