1000 - Governing Principles

1610-7800 Professional and Staff Development

The Board believes a strong relationship exists between the quality of education provided to students and the competency and training of all personnel employed by the school system. The Board places a high priority on securing the most competent personnel available and, once they are employed, providing them with opportunities for professional growth and development throughout their careers. The goal of professional and staff development programs and opportunities for licensed professional employees and support staff is to improve the instructional program and create a safe learning environment for all students by improving and expanding the skills of the professional staff and support personnel.


The Superintendent shall provide on-going development opportunities for licensed and support staff and shall require participation by such personnel as appropriate. The Superintendent shall seek input from employees when developing system-wide programs. The Principal shall seek input from school personnel when planning professional and staff development programs for his or her school.

Professional and staff development must be provided, at the system or school level, on the effective delivery of the required curriculum. In addition, as required by policy 3220, Technology in the Educational Program, the Superintendent shall plan and provide a program of technology-related professional development to prepare the instructional staff to integrate technology into the student learning process and to address other relevant issues related to the use of digital tools and resources in the instructional program.


Licensed employees are expected to engage in self-directed activities to improve their professional skills. These employees are encouraged to seek information and training through professional development programs as well as other opportunities in order to meet this responsibility.


Supervisors and Principals also may require licensed employees to enter into plans, including mandatory improvement plans established by state law and individual, monitored and/or directed growth plans established by the State Board of Education, for professional growth and improving performance. (See policy 7811, Plans for Growth and Improvement of Licensed Employees.) A performance improvement plan could involve participation in a professional development program or encompass a variety of strategies that are related to professional growth or improving performance.


Employees must obtain prior approval from supervisors for payments of staff development activities including but not limited to conferences, workshops, and courses.  While certified staff members are encouraged to participate in district activity which will count towards licensure renewal, the school system will not bear the responsibility of the cost of training taken solely for the purposes of licensure renewal.

Legal References:
1610 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., 34 C.F.R. pt. 106; G.S. 115C-333, -333.1; State Board of Education Policy TCP-C-004
Cross References:
Grievance Procedure for Employees (policy 1750/7220), Technology in the Educational Program (policy 3220), Plans for Growth and Improvement of Licensed Employees (policy 7811)
Monday, 05 November 2012
Last Updated:
Monday, 02 February 2015