The Board recognizes the importance of developing, improving and extending staff skills. Therefore, the superintendent, together with the principals, shall arrange to provide:
1. Orientation for staff members;
2. Planned inservice programs for all staff from time to time;
3. Coordination of effort by teachers, principals, students and the community in the development and improvement of the curriculum;
4. Teacher access to a variety of educational publications, reports, materials that will contribute to professional growth. These materials shall be selected by the administration in accordance with needs expressed by the teachers.
5. Opportunities for teachers to visit other classrooms and attend such conferences and demonstrations as the administration deems necessary;
6. Opportunities for advanced academic training, in accordance with the Board’s and the State’s requirements for teacher recertification.
The superintendent is authorized to grant released time to staff members, with the concurrence of the principal, for participation in conferences, workshops, or similar meetings held outside the school district. The school district will bear the cost of substitutes. All other costs are to be borne by the teacher, unless the school district mandates the attendance, in which case the district will also reimburse the teacher for transportation, meals and housing.
Although the State Department requires specific re-certification hours, the Board believes that district inservice should be a regular, well-planned part of all teachers’ preparation to ensure a dynamic, up-to-date faculty and staff.
Under State Board of Education guidelines, up to three days of the required 180 days of operation may be devoted to inservice activities or preschool workshops relating to programs of teacher training for the improvement of instruction. Such programs are to involve the participation of the entire staff, but not necessarily participation in identical activities.
All district inservice programs shall be planned by the superintendent in cooperation with building principals and staff.
Inservice Training for Teaching Handicapped Students
Uinta County School District Number One will develop and implement ongoing, staff-level inservice educational programs that will emphasize and extend understandings in regard to areas of exceptionality, regular education, pupil assessment, health and administrative and instructional options.
Particular emphasis will be directed toward preparing teachers to effectively educate handicapped students who are enrolled in regular classes.
The coordinator of special services will share in the responsibility for developing and directing the inservice training program for district level staff, including special services personnel. The superintendent or his designee shall assume the responsibility of coordinating inservice relating to the education of handicapped students for regular education teachers and administrators.
Inservice education efforts will include the acquisition of consultative qualified assistance to ensure that district rules and regulations governing the education of handicapped students will be fully implemented and provide district personnel with the opportunity to attain competencies that ensure an appropriate education for all handicapped children and youth.
To achieve the goal of providing competent instruction for the handicapped, the district will strive to offer inservice courses and workshops that will utilize available qualified resource personnel.
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