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Professional Development, Support and Resources

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TIME

You are given two days of professional development (SPDT), two days of professional activities time and 1.5 days Professional Learn Communities (PLC) as part of your supplemental pay.  The District provides a variety of professional development activities.  SPDT and professional activities time are at your discretion and do not require documentation.  PLC time will be documented with a sign-in sheet. The L.E.A.P. is used to submit your clock hours and/or credits for movement to the right on the salary schedule.

L.E.A.P. Form


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDERS

Along with the District’s professional development, there are other commonly-used providers as well, including:

  • Oak Harbor School District
    • Oak Harbor School District Technology Training
  • Washington Education Association
  • Northwest Educational Service District 189
  • Skagit Valley Community College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Western Washington University
  • Washington State University: ProTeach Support Program
  • Lesley University

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

  • Washington State Certification Information
  • Professional Certification
  • ProTeach:  OSPI
  • Washington ProTeach Portfolio 
  • National Board Certification -- The state provides a $5,000 bonus to each NBC (or NBPTS) holder.  The District receives the money in July and distributes bonuses in August.  Our District does not provide direct financial support to defray the costs of National Board Certification.  WEA provides a program to support NBC candidates through professional development and collaboration.  
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Are You Highly Qualified?
  • Clock Hour Information, NWESD
  • Clock Hour Information, OSPI

PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES


EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

  • Employee Assistance Program  (800.538.3543)  From HR Director Kurt Schonberg:  "As part of the work of our work together supporting student learning, it is important that  you take care of yourselves.  I want to remind you of our employee assistance program (E.A.P.) available to all employees. This program is part of our benefits package, and is completely independent of the school district. You can access it 24-7 in complete confidence for no cost. The district annually may request overall use of the site to determine whether it is being utilized,  but does not access any information about who uses it or their reason for access. Should you, a fellow employee or a family member have personal life challenges such as grieving, parenting, financial/legal struggles or mental/physical health issues, I suggest that you access the website or call the number."
  • WEA Program for Mental Health and Counseling (access code:  6681)