Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Professional Development Unit

Eligible Educators: All teachers represented by DCTA

Decision Maker: DPS and DCTA

Year Implemented: 2006-2007

Information about earning a PDU is available on the Teaching and Learning website.  The PDU online catalog contains a list of approved PDUs.

Purpose

  • Develop educators' professional status and motivation to increase instructional expertise.
  • Encourage professional practices that contribute to student learning.
  • Encourage educators to develop content area expertise appropriate to current or proposed assignment.
  • Develop the district as a leader in teacher compensation and quality professional development.
  • Commit district structures and funding to the development and compensation of teacher knowledge and skills.

Rationale

  • Knowledge and skills development helps teachers learn the instructional strategies and content area expertise that boost student learning.
  • Development of professional expertise is the major factor producing 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.
  • Demonstration of and reflection upon knowledge and skills optimizes the time spent on professional development.
  • Setting professional goals is essential to reaching them.

ProComp PDU Incentive eligibility and payment information is available here.