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Staff Development Regulations

Professional development activities, including college classes, must be related to PD Goals/Objectives or Professional Standards, the three staff development categories, and three levels:

Summary (Regulation Grid) Page

1. What are the professional Goals and Objectives and Professional Education Standards for our local plan?

Professional Development Objectives

Professional Education Standards

2. What are the three required categories for staff development?

Content (C) - the "what;" curriculum subject matter

Professional Education (PE) - the "how;" instructional strategies

Service to the Profession (SP) - any activity that relates to professional organizations and/or that assists others in acquiring proficiency in instruction, content, licensure, accreditation processes 

3. Is an individual required to earn points in content, professional education, and service to the profession?   

NO - only one category is required

4. Is a person required to earn points at all three levels (knowledge, application, impact) for renewing a license?  


5. What must a person do to earn knowledge level points?  

Be present and then document completion of the inservice activity.  Documented evidence for points at this level must include 1) proof of attendance or participation in the activity and 2) a response to the following question: "What do I know now that I didn't know before?"

6. What is the definition of application level? 

New knowledge taught to students or teachers, based on what a person does now that they didn't do before the professional development.  Documented evidence for points at this level must include at least two different documented items for evidence.  Acceptable evidence will include, but is not limited to: lesson plans, student work sample(s), video/DVD(s), team meeting minutes/notes, feedback from a peer coach or supervisor, etc.

7. What is the definition of impact level? 

Verifiable results from newly applied knowledge on student performance or the educational program.  Documented evidence for points at this level must include pre-post student data, a brief summary of the activity, and a written analysis.

8. Can a person earn application and/or impact points for Service to the Profession (SP)? 


9. What is the required role of the supervisor in development of an Individual Professional Development Plan?  

Cooperative planning and signature of approval

10.  In addition to USD employees, who may file an Individual Professional Development Plan with a PDC?  

Anyone employed by the district or who works or lives within the district

11. Where can a person appeal if an IDP is not approved by the PDC?  

The state Licensure Review Committee


The most current Kansas regulations regarding staff development can be found at the following link:

Kansas Professional Development Program Regulations



Notice of Non-discrimination:   USD #417 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Aron Dody, 17 S Wood Street, Council Grove, Kansas 66846 (620)767-5192