Graduate Degree/National Board Certificates
Eligible Educators: All teachers represented by DCTA
Decision Maker: DPS and DCTA
Year Implemented: 2006-2007
- Develop educators' professional status and motivation to increase instructional expertise.
- Encourage professional practices that contribute to student learning.
- Encourage educators to develop content area knowledge appropriate to current or approved assignment.
- Provide a path to increase career earnings through professional development.
- Commit district structures and funding to the compensation of advanced credentials.
- Knowledge and skills development helps teachers learn the instructional strategies and content knowledge that boost student learning.
- Development of professional expertise and content knowledge are the major factors contributing to career salary increases.
- Those closest to the teaching and learning process are the most effective change agents
- Self-directed professional development, that is grounded in district and individual goals, maximizes meeting instructional and career needs.
- Setting professional goals is essential to reaching them.
- Teachers may complete and be compensated for more than one advanced degree, although no teacher will receive credit for more than one degree in a three year period.
- Teachers will be compensated for the life of each license or certificate. If certificates or licenses are not renewed, teachers will lose their salary increase until they renew the license.
- Theology and Juris Doctor degrees are not eligible.
District Capacity Necessary for Implementation
- Establish DPS Professional Development Links (PDL) staffing and physical aspects.
- For DPS Professional Development Links (PDL) Advisory Committee that sets standards for course descriptions and evaluation system.
- Develop university partnerships to facilitate professional development opportunities that meet district needs.
- Develop technology for monitoring progress in course attainment and credentials.