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 MSLA grants Certificates of Attendance for participants in conferences and workshops, based on Recertification Guidelines on the DESE webpage excerpted below:

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for attending a professional conference?

Professional Development Points are no longer awarded for attendance at a professional conference. However, educators who attend a professional conference may earn PDPs from their district if they extend their learning by developing a school-based activity or curriculum or by publishing written material. In this case, educators should obtain official verification from their school district. In addition, registered PD providers may award PDPs for conference attendance when educators participate in a workshop that includes an observable demonstration of learning that could include a written product. Registered providers should issue Certificates of Attendance when educators participate in a conference.

Please note that eligible workshops must total 10 hours or more on a related topic. Combining (bundling) workshops on a related topic to equal 10 or more hours is acceptable. For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What is the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement

A minimum of 1o hours in a topic must be completed in order to count your activities toward the renewal of your license. Workshops/seminars with similar topics that are fewer than 10 hours may be bundled (combined) to equal at least 10 PDPs.

If you are unable to bundle your PDPs and they equal less than 10 you will not be able to submit these PDPs for renewal purposes.

May a variety of professional development activities in one topic be used to satisfy the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement?

Combining (bundling) professional development activities in one topic may be used to satisfy the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement. Note that districts will need to maintain reasonable documentation and award PDPs after an observable demonstration of learning. For example, a middle school mathematics teacher could participate in a six-hour, district-based professional development program focused on algebraic structures, then attend a four-hour session on teaching algebraic structures at a statewide workshop, and subsequently develop a new curriculum unit on algebraic structures for use as a district guide. The new curriculum unit would also serve as a demonstration of learning. In this example, the district may award the educator twenty-five PDPs in content (six PDPs for the district-based professional development program, four PDPs for the statewide workshop, and fifteen for the new curriculum unit.) For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What is a Professional Development Point (PDP)?

A Professional Development Point (PDP) is a unit of measurement of professional development activities. For example, one clock hour is equivalent to one PDP; one undergraduate semester hour (or college credit) is equivalent to 15 PDPs; one graduate semester hour (or college credit) is equivalent to 22.5 PDPs; and one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is equivalent to 10 PDPs. For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

 

What documentation am I responsible to maintain in order to verify the completion of my professional development activities?

Educators must maintain a record of all applicable professional development activities in order to verify compliance with the renewal regulations. Typically, educators will only be asked to submit these documents if they are audited. The most common forms of verification include:

College/University course:

  • Official Transcript
  • Grade Report

School District, Collaborative, or Registered Provider Initiative:

  • Official certificate or letter verifying participation (activity/hours of participation/PDPs earned, proper signature)
  • End-of-course assessment (written product or other documentable product)

Self-directed Activities (resulting in a professional product):

  • Published articles, books, curriculum units, etc. For curriculum units, points will be given by the district if the educator is employed in a public school. Also, the verification document must be on school letterhead and signed by an administrator.

Summer Professional Development Institutes sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Official certificate or letter verifying participation (activity/hours of participation/PDPs earned, proper signature)

 

Is the ration of one PDP per clock hour still in effect?

Yes, educators are able to earn one PDP per clock hour for professional development activities and programs outlined in the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators. Educators who complete professional development activities that include an end-of-course assessment and are sponsored by the Department will earn 1.5 PDPs per clock hour.

 

 

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for presenting at a professional conference?

Educators may earn 30 PDPs the first time they make a presentation at a professional conference in a five-year renewal cycle.

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) as a trainer/presenter of a professional development workshop or seminar?

Educators who develop and present a professional development workshop or seminar are eligible to receive twice the number of PDPs given to participants, with the presenter receiving a minimum of 10 PDPs and a maximum of 24 PDPs. These points may be counted the first time the training is provided in a five-year cycle.

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 )
 

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