Professional Development Mission
Supporting teachers in their continual efforts to improve instruction so that each student may achieve at higher levels in the public schools is the mission of professional development. School board members, administrators, and teachers are encouraged to keep this mission clearly in mind when making decisions pertaining to district-level and building-level professional development. Final decisions regarding professional development should support the primary goal of improving instruction to improve learning. This mission has ongoing implications for sustained training in effective classroom practices, authentic instruction, instructional leadership, technology and assessment. Educators derive benefits from pursuing both individual and organizational interests. Technology transfer, collegial exchanges, enhanced content knowledge, and skill development can all contribute to increasing both individual and organizational capacities. Professional educators continually reflect on their practices and develop and articulate their beliefs about teaching and learning while improving classroom practices. This requires time and opportunities for observing and practicing new ways of teaching, learning, and networking in and out of the classroom. Sustained training to develop and hone teaching skills is a worthy goal for teachers and can be supported with professional development monies. To develop a strong, well-organized, successful professional development program, teachers, administrators, and school board members must work as a team. Everyone must be totally committed to the improvement of instruction for enhanced and sustained learning. Collaboration will promote conversation about the best available research utilized in teaching, learning, and leadership. Accessing resources from the local community, higher education, and the state will enhance the improvement process. Effective systemic reform and reculturing will ensure that each student learns well, applies his/her knowledge, and continues achieving in and out of school.
Attending Conferences / Workshops
2015-2016 PD Request Process and Schedule - Please read before filling out the Professional Leave Form
If you need to make reservations for lodging please make your own reservations. You may need to give your credit card info only to hold the room, not for payment. Give Kirksville R-III School District as the billing name and address (1901 E. Hamilton, Kirksville, MO 63501). Write your confirmation number down as this will be needed on the Purchase Order. After you make your reservation, immediately give your building secretary the information to submit the PO. The secretary will need to know:
name of person attending, and
Please plan ahead and have a PO submitted for all registration fees. DO NOT put registration fee on a credit card and expect to get reimbursed on a monthly expense form.
Meal and Mileage
Conference meals and mileage will be submitted on an expense form. Must have original receipts with vendor name on the receipt, NO COPIES. If using credit card must have itemized receipt. Attach all receipts to your expense form and submit during the month you attend the conference/event. Checks are cut and available following each monthly Board meeting. All expense forms must be at Central Office on the 25th of each month to get reimbursed at the next board meeting.
Mileage is paid from our school district to your event, not from your home.
Monthly Expense Form
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