Professional Development

Professional development focuses on improving instruction and student learning.  It provides staff with an opportunity for in-depth study and learning to improve the delivery of professional services, practice and feedback, reflection, and expert support designed to change attitudes, insights, and/or perspectives.  The Worthington School District is committed to offering staff opportunities for high quality professional development. The District's Race to the Top Plan as produced several reform initiatives that will require all staff members to engage in an array of professional development trainings that will define professional expectations and ensure consistency of professional practice across the District.  

In addition to required professional development trainings offered by the District, staff members are encouraged to engage in professional development opportunities identified through personal professional reflection.  Please find below current ways to meet your professional and personal needs.  Please refer to the professional development calendar for specific offerings with dates, times and locations.

 

Fee Waivers - How do I apply for University Fee Waivers?

 


How to Apply for Fee Waivers

  1. Your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) must be on file. All courses must be tied to members' Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) or Class Change forms.
     
  2. You must complete a Fee Waiver Application form (Form B-5). Fee Waiver Applications should be turned in to Karen Holt in the Human Resources Department, WEC.  See Application deadlines below. 

    Only 3 hours credit per person is allowed for Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.  Up to 6 hours credit is granted for Summer Quarter, depending on availability. Applications will not be processed after deadlines for each quarter. For additional information, see Article 16.2 of the Master Agreement. Note: Personnel requesting fee authorization and who are in their first year of employment with the district need the written approval of their immediate supervisor to have the application considered.

DEADLINES FOR APPLICATION:

2016-17 University Fee Waiver Deadlines

The deadlines for all universities are:

Fall '16 - August 01, 2016
Spring '17 - November 30, 2017
Summer '17 - March 1, 2017
Fall '17 - July 31, 2017

Additional Information

The purpose of fee authorization is to encourage the professional growth of personnel (members and administrators) and to improve the district's instructional capabilities by providing assistance in the form of a waiver of fees. Fee authorization, based on the number of students participating in field experiences, is provided to the district through agreements with The Ohio State University (OSU), Capital University, Ohio Dominican College, Ashland University, and Otterbein College. Agreements with other colleges and universities may be approved as appropriate.

  • For OSU, no more than three hours will be approved during autumn, winter, and spring terms for any personnel. No more than six hours will be approved for summer term for any personnel. After all timely requests have been satisfied, the Association President and Superintendent/designee, upon mutual agreement, may waive these limits when a surplus of fee waivers exists. Personnel on sabbatical leave will be eligible for six hours of fee authorization during each term they are on such leave. Personnel on RIF status will be eligible for six hours of fee authorization during each term they are on RIF status.
     
  • For Capital, Ohio Dominican, Ashland, and Otterbein no more than one fee authorization certificate will be approved during autumn, winter, and spring terms for any personnel. No more than two certificates will be approved for summer term for any personnel.
     
  • Personnel eligible for participation in the OSU "Employee/Dependent Fee Authorization Program" are responsible for informing the Personnel Office of eligibility. Such personnel will still be eligible for the same amount of OSU fee authorizations as enumerated above.
     
  • The fee authorization hours available from OSU will be divided such that one third of the available hours will be set aside for summer term use with the remaining available hours being divided equally among the three remaining terms. Hours not used will be carried over to the next term. No more than the allocated number of hours will be issued during any one school year.
     
  • Fee authorization hours available from Capital, Ohio Dominican, Ashland, and Otterbein will be issued if they are available using the priorities listed below.
     
  • Before any fee authorization application is considered, it will be determined that the requesting individual has indicated a willingness to supervise a student teacher/intern or other field experience student (includes participation in an approved research project) by completing the appropriate form for the current school year. Failure to have completed the form will result in the application not being considered. An individual who refuses a request to serve as a supervisor without just cause (just cause to be determined by the Association President and the Superintendent/designee) will not be eligible to receive fee authorization for one term following the term during which the refusal occurred.
     
  • If the requests for fee authorization are greater than the amount allocated for a particular term, then requests will be considered utilizing the priorities listed below. Within any priority, years of service within the district will be used to determine eligibility. In the event that years of service create a tie, hire date will be used to break the tie. If a tie cannot be broken, a lottery will be utilized, which will be supervised by the Association President and the Superintendent/designee.

Priority for Issuance of Fee Authorization

All of the criteria below must be met before an individual is eligible for the following priority distribution in the following order:

  1. Members who are required to complete coursework to fulfill the requirements of section 14.1(b)(4)(RIF) of the Agreement.
  2. All other full time personnel who have a need to renew a certificate/license to maintain their employment with the district.
  3. Personnel qualifying in this priority are those who are completing recertification/licensure requirements during the four terms preceding the July 1 date that their certificate/license will be renewed.
  4. Personnel who are officially enrolled in an approved master's or doctoral program and who have earned academic credit within the last 12 months.
  5. Personnel who wish to use fee authorization to take courses associated with their unit or with district goals. Such individuals will conduct development programs in their unit or in the district. This priority must be approved by the Chair(s) of the Professional Development Advisory Council.
  6. Members who are completing requirements for change in classification during the four terms proceeding the September of the year the change will be granted.
  7. All other personnel who have not qualified under one of the above priorities and if the contractual agreement with the participating university/college so provides.
  8. Other employees who have not qualified under one of the above priorities and who are not members of the bargaining unit (all other employees of the Board) if the contractual agreement with the participating university/college so provides.

Tuition Reimbursement - How do I apply for Tuition Reimbursement?


How to apply for Tuition Reimbursement?

  1. Your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) must be on file. All courses must be tied to members' Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) or Class Change forms.
     
  2. Complete andthe Tuition Reimbursement application form. See Application deadlines below.
     
  3. Complete your coursework at an accredited college or university.
     
  4. Send all documentation (Proof of and Grade for each course) related to your Tuition Reimbursement Application to the WEA Office in the Worthington Schools Education Center upon completion of the course. All documentation must be submitted within one calendar year of the approval date.
Contact WEA President Mark Hill (450-6058) if you have any questions regarding application and distribution procedures.

  Tuition Reimbursement Application Pre-Approval Deadlines

Fall Term – August 12, 2016
Winter/Spring Terms – Dec 9, 2016
Summer Term – May 19, 2017
Fall Term (2017) – August 18, 2017

Send all hard copy documentation related to your Tuition Reimbursement Application to the WEA Office in the Worthington Schools Education Center


*Late applications will only be considered if there are unused funds for that application period

Additional Information:

The Board provides $120,000 per year for the purpose of reimbursing members for graduate course work tuition.7 For the purpose of this provision, each year will begin on September 1 and conclude on August 31. Unused funds are carried forward. The tuition reimbursement program is administered by the district and the Association per a mutually agreed upon procedure. Members who do not receive fee authorization through the provisions of Article 16.2 will receive first priority in the distribution of tuition reimbursement funds. Members who have less than five years of work experience in the Worthington City School District and who voluntarily resign their position shall be required to reimburse the district for any tuition reimbursement funds they received during their last year of employment.

Specific Provisions:

  • Tuition reimbursement fund will be allocated three times per year, based on the previous year’s demand for each reimbursement period. For example, more money is allocated toward summer reimbursement because that is when demand is highest.

The division of the fund between terms each year will be adjusted based on observed patterns of demand.
Online, video and other accredited distance-learning courses are reimbursed based on the term the course is completed.

  • Tuition reimbursement will be provided to each recipient on a formula basis per hour, specifically up to 75% of member's actual tuition subject to the availability of funds for that period.  There will be no distinction in quarter hours and semester hours in determining reimbursement per hour.

Note that reimbursement is based on the member’s net tuition cost.  Scholarships, stipends, and other forms of reimbursement are deducted from the gross tuition cost before calculating the amount of reimbursement.  Also, courses are sometimes offered in conjunction with conferences or workshops or have other fees connected to them.  In these cases, only the actual tuition paid to the university for graduate credit is eligible for reimbursement, NOT registration fees for the conference or workshop, materials fees, or other non-tuition costs.*

  • Reimbursement in any given term will be allocated to all who apply on an hour-by-hour basis until all funds have been allocated.  Members who are granted fee waivers will not get reimbursed for those hours – no double dipping.

The fee waiver process outlined in Article 16.2 of the Master Agreement will be followed before tuition reimbursement funds are allocated.  If you receive a three-hour fee waiver, you will receive tuition reimbursement only if funds that term are being allocated to a fourth hour of coursework.  If you receive a one-hour fee waiver, you will receive available tuition reimbursement only for hours beyond the first hour.

  • Limitations may be placed on the number of hours for reimbursement available for each member.  Each member is subject to a limit of 6 hours per term (with the exception of summer, which has a 6-hour limit), but this limit may be waived if additional funds are available.  Note that these are maximums—actual reimbursement may cover fewer hours.  If a request submitted before the deadline is approved, requests submitted after the deadline of the same term. Will not be considered.
     
  • All staff members wishing to receive tuition reimbursement must submit an application prior to the posted deadline.  Each approval period may cover classes expected in the upcoming term or workshops/classes already enrolled in for the current term but unanticipated at the time of the previous application period.  After all applications have been received, the funds will be allocated and each staff member will be notified of what to expect in reimbursement following the conclusion of the term.

PLEASE NOTE:  While it may be possible to receive reimbursement for courses without advance approval, we reserved a small portion of funds to meet these requests.  It is especially important if reimbursement is desired for summer that members apply for reimbursement at the time of the May approval deadline.


  • Any member who applies for and receives notification of reimbursement but cancels or drops the course, or otherwise learns of changes from the original application, without notifying the WEA office by email prior to the deadline for the next filing of applications may forfeit eligibility for tuition reimbursement for the subsequent 4 quarters or 1 year.  It is very important that the WEA Office be notified if there is any change from the original estimated cost of the course work. Failure to do so could prevent other staff members from being approved for as much as they otherwise would receive.
     
  • Upon completion of a course, the member must submit proof of payment and a grade slip to the WEA Office.  Completed applications will then be processed and payment will be received from the Treasurer’s office within 4-6 weeks.  (Tuition reimbursement may be a taxable benefit.  Consult your tax advisor for details.)  Note that documentation submitted for tuition reimbursement is not used for any other purpose (i.e. class change).  Save copies of all records.  Please submit documentation as quickly as possible, no later than one year after the pre-approval deadline for that academic period.
Examples for courses taken:

  • Summer 2012, documentation required prior to May 3, 2013
  • Fall 2012, documentation required prior to August 24, 2013
  • Winter/Spring 2013, documentation required prior to Nov 23, 2013
  • Summer 2013, documentation required prior to August 23, 2014


*An exception may be made in those instances where necessary professional growth requires activities other than graduate coursework.  Non-graduate credit professional activities must be required for certification/licensure or otherwise necessary for fulfillment of job responsibilities.  Evidence of CEU credit is required upon completion.  Reimbursement is not available for meals, mileage, or other incidental conference expenses.  Submit non-graduate credit reimbursement requests to the WEA Tuition Reimbursement Committee by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



PAC's - How do I apply for Professional Advancement Credits (PAC's)?

How to Apply for PAC's

  1. Your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) must be on file.
     
  2. All plans should be submitted for pre-approval, in writing, to the co-chairs of the LPDC. The LPDC may request the member or sponsoring group to speak on behalf of the proposal and in addition may request opinions about the relationship of the proposal and its implications for the district from department heads, other members, and administrators.
     
  3. Upon approval of the proposal by the LPDC, your plan (including the suggested PACs or financial grant to be received) is sent to the Superintendent/designee. Any project that includes suggested PAC credit shall demonstrate alignment with the member’s Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) as submitted and approved by the Superintendent/designee for class change.

Note: If the LPDC does not approve your plan, a statement of the reason for rejection will be returned to the member or group along with recommendations for improvement before the project may be resubmitted.


Additional Information:

Professional Advancement Credit (PAC) is to encourage and recognize professional growth through activities beyond those normally accepted as instructional duties. Professional growth is encouraged through the awarding of PAC and monetary grants.

One PAC is a unit of measure of professional growth, which is accepted as equivalent to one semester hour of accredited college or university work. PACs shall be granted for various professional activities. PACs received shall be included with the record of academic work. PACs are only applicable to the Worthington City Schools Salary Schedule. PACs are not recognized by the State Department of Education as a basis for certification nor by institutions of higher learning as a basis for further degrees.

A maximum of seven (7) PACs may be used to meet the requirements for change in classification when moving from Classes I to II; II to III; IV to V; V to VI; and VI to VII.

All plans shall be submitted for pre-approval, in writing, to the co-chairs of the LPDC. The LPDC may request the member or sponsoring group to speak on behalf of the proposal and in addition may request opinions about the relationship of the proposal and its implications for the district from department heads, other members, and administrators.

Upon approval of the proposal by the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC-Article 19, a resume of the approved project, including the suggested PACs or financial grant to be received, will be sent to the Superintendent/designee. Any project that includes suggested PAC credit shall demonstrate alignment with the member’s Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) as submitted and approved by the Superintendent/designee for class change.


Types of Professional Advancement

  • Administratively Selected Faculty Committee or Councils: Such groups might study problems, conduct surveys, review curriculum,etc. A written summary of the group's activities and hours of participation by each member must be submitted by the chairperson of the group to the LPDC for PACs or reimbursement by the Board.
     
  • Service on Committees or Councils: Active participation on professional committees or councils will be considered for PACs or grants. The LPDC will decide the frequency and number of units to be granted for serving in any particular capacity.
     
  • Workshops or Conventions: Workshops or conventions held at times other than the regular contract day, provided the member receives non-financial compensation, will be considered for PACs or grants. A written report of convention or conference activities must be prepared for distribution to appropriate colleagues.
     
  • Published Materials: Items for submission to newspapers, as well as booklets and articles for publication in professional journals, for which other financial compensation or credit will not be received, may be submitted to the LPDC.
     
  • Curriculum or Program Innovations: Members of individual departments or grade levels may work with each other or other groups of teachers to plan and develop courses of study, improvement in teaching methods, additional materials, new content, etc.

Master Teacher Committee - What is the Master Teacher Committee?

How do I join the Master Teacher Committee?

Contact WEA President Mark Hill (450-6058) if you have any questions regarding Master Teacher Committee


Additional Information:

The Master Teacher Committee shall consist of five (5) members, two (2) of which shall be administrators appointed by the Superintendent and three (3) of which shall be appointed by the Association President. Committee members shall serve for terms of one year each and may be reappointed to subsequent terms. Vacancies will be filled in the manner of original appointment. The Master Teacher Committee shall:

  • Be responsible for the review, grading and certification of bargaining unit member applications for Master Teacher designation, consistent with the regulations of the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Establish documentation requirements and procedures for submitting Master Teacher applications.
  • Communicate the process for the benefits of becoming certified as a Master Teacher to bargaining unit members.

The committee shall designate a chairperson who will be responsible for establishing committee meeting agendas and overseeing committee operations. The committee meeting schedule shall be established by mutual agreement of members of the committee. Committee meetings shall occur outside the contract day. The committee shall be responsible for receiving, reviewing and scoring Master Teacher applications. The Committee may delegate review and scoring of Master Teacher applications to appropriate bargaining unit members. Final approval of all applications is the responsibility of the Committee. Members of the committee and designated reviewers shall be provided with appropriate training. Bargaining unit members who serve on the committee shall be compensated $1,250 annually.


National Board Certification - How do I apply for National Board Certification?

How to apply for National Board Certification?

  1. Click Here to view the The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) web site.

Additional Information:

The Board and Association agree that National Board Certification, as established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, provides members with a valuable opportunity for professional growth and recognizes educators who meet standards of excellence in the profession. The district will support members who seek and achieve National Board Certification in the following ways:

  • Qualified members who apply for National Board Certification shall receive onetime reimbursement for application fees up to a maximum of $300.
  • Members who pursue National Board Certification shall be granted access to video and audio equipment, curriculum materials, and other resources, subject to availability, for completing portfolio requirements.
  • Members who receive National Board Certification shall receive a one-time honorarium of $1,000.

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