Frequently Asked Questions
Required Hours of Professional Development for Teachers
This year, all campus-based teachers have a 187 contract and are required to earn 7 hours of professional development. The work calendar for the 2020-21 school year is 186 days. Therefore all campus-based 187-day staff "owe" the district 7 hours that are NOT part of the 2020-21 AISD Calendar. Failure to fulfill your professional development contractual obligation will result in a salary reduction.
Professional Development Deadlines 2020-21
The REQUIRED hours of professional development can start being earned March 1, 2020. This year, all PD hours should be earned by December 18, 2020.
What workshops do I need to take?
You will find a matrix of options based on your teaching assignment by clicking HERE
What about Paraprofessionals?
All campus-based paraprofessionals are required to earn EITHER 7 hours of comp time OR 7 hours of professional development (or a combination of both) between March 1, 2020 and December 18, 2020. Failure to fulfill this obligation will result in a salary reduction. NEW Paraprofessionals hired BEFORE Labor Day must earn 7 hours of either professional development or comp time. NEW Paraprofessionals hired AFTER Labor Day do not need to fulfill the requirement this school year.
What happens if I did not pre-register for a course?
Because all professional development sessions will be virtual this year, you will have to pre-register for the session through Eduphoria. There will be no “walk-in” opportunities this year.
What happens if I do not finish a course?
Credit will only be awarded upon finishing the course. Courses must be finished within the timelines determined by the instructor and communicated in the course description.
How do I access my course?
Prior to the first day of the course, your instructor will provide you the appropriate information for “attending” your virtual learning opportunity. Remember to check your Alief Google Mail for updates.
When can I work on my Distritc Credit course?
All work on District credit courses must take place outside of your regular work day. All workshops and training you attend during your work day will count towards the state re-certification Texas SBEC CPE hours.
What do I do if I do not receive credit for a course?
If you do not find credit for a course after checking your record in Eduphoria please start by emailing your course instructor. If they can’t help you please email Tracey Birchard in the Professional Development department.
Can I take something out of district and still receive district credit?
This year District credit hours must be earned through District sponsored courses. If your content area coordinator has approved an out-of-district online session they will handle all the necessary paperwork. Please contact the Instruction department, more specifically the leader of your content area. Any time you attend training, the hours that you earn can be applied to the state required hours. You should always keep your own records of out-of-district training events as you will be the one who has to provide that data to the state if requested.