Frequently Asked Questions
Required Hours of Professional Development for Teachers
All campus-based teachers (with four or more years of experience in the district) have a 187 contract and are required to earn 14 hours of professional development. The work calendar is 185 days. Therefore all campus-based 187-day staff "owe" the district 14 hours (2 days) that are NOT part of the AISD Calendar. Failure to fulfill your professional development contractual obligation will result in a salary reduction. ***If you are new to Alief or have returned to Alief and you are in your first three year with us you are in the Teacher Induction Program (Alief U). You have 35 hours of required training each year and a degree plan that outlines what courses are required. You can find your degree plan on the Teacher Induction web page.***
Professional Development Deadlines 2018-19
The REQUIRED hours of professional development can start being earned March 1, 2018. ALL PD hours MUST be earned by February 28, 2019. ***If you are new to Alief or have returned to Alief and you are in your first three year with us you are in the Alief U Teacher Induction Program. Your contractual agreement is for 35 hours of required training each year. There is a degree plan for each year of Alief U that outlines what courses are required.***
Professional Development Deadlines 2017-18
The REQUIRED hours of professional development can start being earned March 1, 2017. ALL PD hours MUST be earned by February 28, 2018. ***If you are new to Alief or have returned to Alief and you are in your first three year with us you are in the Alief U Teacher Induction Program. Your contractual agreement is for 35 hours of required training each year.There is a degree plan for each year of Alief U that outlines what courses are required.***
What about Paraprofessionals?
All campus-based paraprofessionals are required to earn EITHER 14 hours of comp time OR 14 hours of professional development (or a combination of both) between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 in order to fulfill their days of work. Failure to fulfill this obligation will result in a salary reduction. NEW Paraprofessionals hired before Labor Day must earn 14 hours of either professional development or comp time. If a new Paraprofessional is hired between Labor Day and Thanksgiving break they must earn 7 hours and if a Paraprofessional starts work after Thanksgiving they do not need to earn any professional or comp hours that school year.
What workshops do I need to take?
Your campus instructional leadership team is the best resource for determining appropriate training sessions. By working with your supervisor to set professional growth goals choosing your professional development sessions will be more meaningful and effective.
What happens if I did not pre-register for a course?
Although you are strongly encouraged to pre-register for courses, there are times that a session does not meet a maximum attendance. In this case, walk-in registration is allowed. A walk-in must be at the session ahead of the start time; however, the walk-in may not register until the session begins. This is to ensure that those who have pre-registered still have their place. If you are registering on-site, then you must print your official name (as it appears on your pay check) on the green registration form, be sure and include your employee ID number, and initial at the start and end of the session.
What happens if I do not sign-in or sign-out of a session?
We will not award you credit for attending a session if you do not sign-in or sign-out of the session. We are obligated to follow state standards with our registration sheets. The registration forms are our proof that each participant attended the full session. We will not allow presenters to vouch for participants, so remember that you must sign-in and sign-out of any session that you wish to receive credit for attending.
Can I arrive late? Can I leave early?
You are expected to be at a session at the time of start. We graciously extend a 10 minute grace period for late arrivals. If people are waiting to attend a session that is full, the seats of those not in attendance will be given away at the time the session starts and no grace period will be extended to late arrivals.
Your goal is to be in your seat at the start time. When someone walks in late, this is a distraction to both the presenter and the other participants. Just as you are expected to be at the session at its start, you are also expected to be there until it is dismissed. You are not allowed to leave early from the session. Please do not ask the presenter if you can leave early. You will not be meeting attendance expectations if you leave early and you will get no credit for the session. Partial credit for partial attendance is not allowed. Plan on staying the entire time, or plan on registering for another session or another date for the session.
Can I come to only one day of a multiple day session?
You are expected to attend 100% of a session in order to get credit for the session. if you do not attend some portion of the session, you will not receive any credit for the session. There is no partial credit assigned for sessions.
Where do I go for my session?
You will find the location on the information web page for each session. Please check the location the night before the session as sometime locations change at the last minute.
What do I do if I do not receive credit for a session?
If you do not find credit for a course after checking your record please email Tracey Birchard. We can check the session to see if you signed-in and signed-out of the session. Remember, you will not receive credit if you did not sign-in or sign-out. We cannot make exceptions to this requirement.
Can I take something out of district and still receive district credit?
You are welcome to take an out-of-district session. If you take something that is not offered through Eduphoria, then you must have the training approved by the professional development department. Use the Non-District Session Approval form and send it, along with a copy of your certificate of attendance no more than FOUR WEEKS after attending the session. Your credit will show up under a course called Non-District Session Credit. this is a generic session and will not show what you actually attended so it is important that you keep your certificate of attendance. If you are working towards a graduate degree, a university course will count only if it is applicable to your current teaching assignment. Online courses, other than those offered through Alief ISD, will not be able to be used for district credit as we cannot monitor when the work was completed. Be sure the entire form is complete and that you turn in your paperwork within the time frame stated on the approval form.
If the session is more than one day do I have to attend the entire session?
You must attend one hundred percent of the session in order to receive credit. There are a few exceptions, and those are indicated on the web site.
If I attended a training during my regular work day will I receive professional development credit?
If you attend a professional development training during contract hours you may receive Texas SBEC CPE credit. This credit will not be applied towards the 14-hour fulfillment of your contract obligations. You must fulfill your 14 hour requirement during non-contract time. There are also several sessions that only provide CPE credit even though they are outside the school day, such as CPR and online classes. These hours are applicable towards your state re-certification requirements. Check the credit a course provides before you register!
If I was paid to attend a workshop will I receive professional development credit?
If you are paid to attend a workshop you cannot receive district credit towards your required hours. One example of this is a Lead Teacher Meeting held on a Saturday.