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​Schedule of Upcoming Act 13 Professional Development Opportunities

Introduction

Pursuant to Act 13 of 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is establishing professional development programs for professional employees serving as classroom teachers, temporary professional employees serving as classroom teachers, nonteaching professional employees, nonteaching temporary professional employees, principals and chief school administrators, and any other individuals designated as evaluators.

The professional development programs are tailored to specific groups of employees and are differentiated for evaluators and individuals being evaluated.

The programs include the following:

  • An overview of the purposes and rationales for each component of the evaluation system;
  • Suggestions for appropriate collaboration, timelines, and communications between employee and employer; and
  • Suggested criteria to guide quality implementation in both the content of an evaluation and in the process of administering an evaluation.

Professional Development Requirements

In addition to the professional development requirements detailed below, local education agencies (LEAs) will be provided with training modules to deliver to educators prior to the implementation of Act 13 Educator Effectiveness in the 2021-22 school year.

The Standards Aligned Systems (SAS) Professional Development Center will offer 5-hour Act 48 courses that are role-specific for the various Educator Effectiveness categories, and the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) program will offer a 30-hour Act 45 program to address the Principal category.

Act 13 professional development requirements include the following:

  • Each temporary professional employee serving as a classroom teacher and each nonteaching temporary professional employee shall complete the appropriate professional development program tailored to the evaluation system for classroom teachers or nonteaching professionals during the employee's probationary period.
  • Each principal shall complete the professional development programs tailored to evaluators and to the principal evaluation system within the first six months of the employee's appointment as a principal.
  • Schools shall incorporate training on the teacher observation and evaluation model inclusive of the consistent use of quality teacher-specific data and building-level data within student performance measures into induction programs required under 22 Pa Code § 49.16 (relating to approval of induction plans).
  • Each professional employee and principal shall complete a condensed version of the programs every seven years.

The table below outlines Act 13 professional development opportunities for educators.

Title
Description
​Date Available
​Module 1: Act 13 Overview
​These pre-recorded sessions will be posted for use by school leaders to deliver Act 13 training to educators. Each session averages 1.5-2 hours in length.

Note: PDE will offer train the trainer sessions for school leaders on effective delivery of the training.
June 15, 2021
​Module 2:  Data Focus (LEA Selected Measures/Teacher Specific Data)
These pre-recorded sessions will be posted for use by school leaders to deliver Act 13 training to educators. Each session averages 1.5-2 hours in length.

Note: PDE will offer train the trainer sessions for school leaders on effective delivery of the training.
​June 30, 2021
​Module 3:  Designing a Student Performance Measure 
​These pre-recorded sessions will be posted for use by school leaders to deliver Act 13 training to educators. Each session averages 1.5-2 hours in length.

Note: PDE will offer train the trainer sessions for school leaders on effective delivery of the training.
​June 30, 2021
​Act 13: Classroom Teacher
Act 13: Non-Teaching Professional
Act 13: Non-Teaching Professional (Supervisor)
Act 13: Supervisor of Special Education
​The SAS PD Center will offer 5-hour Act 48 courses for each of the educator categories. Note: Updating of 68 Danielson-related Framework components is underway.  
​August 31, 2021
​Act 13 & Beyond: Educators Driving Instructional Excellence
​PA Inspired Leadership (PIL) will offer a 30-hour Act 45 course throughout the year.
September 2021