Professional Development Plan. Professional Development Plan (PDP) refers to plans developed by faculty members addressing the criteria contained in Article 22 and Appendix G.
Professional Development Plan. The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Educational Support Professionals Chapter and the Minneapolis Public Schools have elected to use the Professional Development Plan (PDP) to support and enhance the performance of Educational Support Professionals. The goals of the District’s PDP process are to: improve student achievement and promote collegial and professional growth. Participation in the PDP process will achieve these goals by: ▪ focusing improvement efforts on instruction; ▪ improving peer interaction and involvement; ▪ increasing communication especially between Educational Support Professionals, administrators and teachers; ▪ increasing parent/community participation; ▪ focusing on inclusion in instruction, i.e. multicultural, gender fair, ability fair and developmentally appropriate instruction; ▪ creating an environment which promotes risk-taking and trust; ▪ sharing decisions with all of the stakeholders. The PDP process requires employees to develop and enhance their skills in their area of responsibility. The mission of the District is to ensure that all students learn. Further, the professional development plan must support the School Improvement Plan of the site. The PDP is an individualized self-improvement plan designed by an employee and the PDP team. It is believed that the employees will assume increased responsibility for professional growth because of the support of the team and the focus on student achievement. The PDP requirement that the employee seeks professional development as part of a team will enhance a spirit of collegiality. Plan design for the implementation of the PDP process for Educational Support Professionals is the shared responsibility of the site leadership team, the site principal, Human Resources, Teacher and Instructional Services, and other departments within Minneapolis Public Schools. The “Standards of Effective Instructional Support for Educational Support Professionals” is provided as a guide for Educational Support Professionals in the preparation of their PDPs. It is understood that not all members of the bargaining unit currently provide instructional support and may need to modify these standards and/or use other criteria to prepare their PDP. PDP does not apply to probationary or temporary Educational Support Professionals.