Parapros and SAEOPs can submit to be paid for the hours equivalent to 8 days. So if you work a 7 hour day, you can submit up to 56 hours, while if you work an 8 hour day, you can submit up to 64 hours.
Does my principal need to approve it?
Yes. You can appeal to an SEA/SPS committee if you are denied approval. Contact your Parapro president (Micheal Melonson) or SAEOP president (Lynne Hubbard) to ask for an appeal.
What counts as professional development?
Professional development is activities that are learning-focused as opposed to business or task-related meetings. There are lots of things that might count, here are just some examples:
- Classes inside and outside of the district
- Professional Learning Communities
- Collaborative Work Groups
- Building-based professional development
- Departmental-based learning opportunities
- Online learning
What counts as leadership time?
Per our contract, "
participating in school/program decision-making" and "building leadership activities" would be covered. So, staying beyond your day for staff meetings, or PTA meetings, would be two examples.
Participation on the BLT is covered separately, and not as part of your 8 days.
Can I use these hours just for overtime?
By our contract, only SAEOPs (and only SAEOPs) can submit up to three days for payment as for extra time worked.
What about summer opportunities?
These days cover summer (July and August) as well. You can use unused days from the just completed school year, or start using the ones from the upcoming school year. Turn your form in by August 31st.
What is the Professional Development Training Credit?
Parapros who complete 64 hours of professional development training in a given year - here defined as attendance and successful completion of requirements for workshops and institutes inside and outside the SPS which are "primarily a concentrated study session and/or classes for the improvement of skills" - can receive an additional $3 per day (maximum of $546 for a 182 school year). See Article II, Section F of our contract.
What are Professional Certificates?
SAEOPs can take coursework to achieve a variety of different certifications. SAEOPs are eligible for $40 per month for each certificate that is completed. See article IX, Section B of our SAEOP contract for more information.