Policy 6160


The Superintendent, in consultation with the appropriate administrative staff and/or teacher committees, will arrange in-service programs and other staff development opportunities which provide for the selection of subjects pertinent to the curriculum in the schools, to build from these subjects those topics or courses for in-service or staff development which will help employees acquire new methods of performing their job responsibilities or help staff improve on those techniques which are already being used in the schools, with the objective of improving professional competencies.

The administration will develop meaningful in-service and/or professional development programs which will:

a) Contribute to the instructional program of the schools;
b) Contribute to improved education for students;
c) Achieve state mandates; and
d) Enhance the professional competencies and/or instructional abilities of staff members.

The Board encourages all employees to improve their competencies beyond that which they may obtain through the regular performance of their assigned duties. Opportunities should be provided for:

a) Planned in-service programs, courses, seminars, and workshops offered both within and outside the District.
b) Visits to other classrooms and schools, as well as attendance at professional meetings, for the purpose of improving instruction and/or educational services.
c) Orientation or re-orientation of staff members to program and/or organizational changes as well as District expectations.

Attendance at professional development programs must be directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the employee. Consequently, employees are encouraged to participate in the planning of staff development programs designed to meet their specific needs.

Staff members are also encouraged to continue their formal education as well as to attend their respective work-related workshops, conferences, and meetings.

Funds for participating at conferences, conventions, and other similar professional development programs will be budgeted for by the Board on an annual basis. Reimbursement to District staff for all actual and necessary registration fees, expenses of travel, meals and lodging, and all necessary tuition fees incurred in connection with attendance at conferences will be in accordance with established regulations for conference attendance, expense reimbursement and collective bargaining agreements.

The Superintendent or designee has authority to approve release time and expenses for staff members' attendance at professional training conferences, study councils, in-service courses, workshops, summer study grants, school visitations, and professional organizations within budgetary constraints and the terms of collective bargaining agreements. 

A conference request form or course approval form must be submitted by the employee and approved by the designated administrator prior to the employee's attendance at the conference or other professional development program.

Mentoring Programs for First Year Teachers

First year teachers must participate in a mentoring program as a component of the District's Professional Development Plan. The purpose of the mentoring program is to increase the retention of new teachers and improve their ability to assist students in attaining state learning standards. The mentor's role is to provide guidance and support to a new teacher. The District will oversee additional professional development opportunities for probationary teachers which will provide professional learning to complement the mentor program.

Policy References:
Education Law §§ 1604(27), 3004, and 3006
General Municipal Law §§ 77-b and 77-c
8 NYCRR §§ 52.21(b)(3)(xvi), 52.21(b)(3)(xvii), 80-3.4(b)(2), 80-5.13, 80-5.14, and 100.2(dd)

NOTE:  Refer also to
Policy 6213 - Registration and Professional Development

Adopted: 6/22/99
Revised: 9/6/22

Policy 6160