Personnel & Employment AP 444
The Teaching Quality Standard notes that quality teaching occurs when the teacher’s ongoing analysis of the context, and the teacher’s decisions about which pedagogical knowledge and abilities to apply, result in optimum learning for all students.
Teacher development in Parkland School Division shall promote growth in teaching competencies that are in alignment with the current Teaching Quality Standard.
In Alberta, every teacher employed by a school system shall develop and implement an annual professional growth plan that includes an outline of the development activities the teacher intends to undertake in that year.
With respect to Professional Growth Plan development:
1. Every teacher shall develop and implement a Growth Plan at the onset of each school year;
1.1. A multi-year plan may be considered but shall include a school-year breakdown (ie., what aspects of the plan are attended to annually);
2. In determining goals for a Growth Plan, the teacher may consider multiple sources of information;
Examples may include: Principal feedback, an analysis of student results data, student and parent feedback, individual reflections, collaborative initiatives, school and Division goals;
3. The teacher shall consider a variety of forms of professional development to support the Growth Plan;
4. The Growth Plan shall:
4.1. Be based on the self-assessed learning needs, goals and objectives of the teacher;
4.2. Demonstrate a relationship to the Teaching Quality Standard; and
4.3. Consider the education goals of the school, school division and government;
5. The Growth Plan shall show a demonstrable relationship to the current Teaching Quality Standard.
With respect to Teacher Development Review:
6. Teachers shall submit the Growth Plan to the Principal for review and approval;
6.1. Principals shall establish the timelines for Growth Plan review;
6.2. Principals may recommend changes to the Growth Plan if it does not reflect the Teaching Quality Standard; and
6.3. Principals may reject a Growth Plan that does not meet the criteria of section 4 of this Administrative Procedure;
7. The Principal shall meet with teachers to review Growth Plans at the onset of the year;
7.1. Principals may meet with teachers again for review periodically throughout the year;
8. Unless a teacher agrees, the content of a professional growth plan shall not be used in the evaluation process.