LPDC Form Management

About Your Professional Development

Professional development is required for continued licensure for all educators and administrators. To be of high quality, professional development is guided by the learning needs of all students, includes accepted theory on the learning needs of educators and incorporates a planned progression for improvement on a continuing basis. A professional development plan that fulfills the licensure renewal requirements is based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school, and the school district in which the educator is currently employed.

An educator/staff member wishing to renew a professional or associate license must receive the approval of his or her Local Professional Development Committee for an Individual Professional Development Plan that includes the following requirements to be completed during the five year period following the issuance of the license to be renewed:
  1. Six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure; or
  2. 180 contact hours in workshops or equivalent activities related to classroom teaching and/or the area of licensure as approved by the Local Professional Development Committee of the employing school or school district.
  3. Coursework, workshops, or other equivalent activities may be combined

Professional Development Domains

In order to renew your certificate/license, you must complete some combination of college coursework or professional development activities, all of which must focus on at least one of the following professional development domains.
  • Subject Matter - Increase the knowledge of subject matter to create effective learning experiences for students or area of responsibility.
  • Student Learning - Increase the understanding how students learn and develop to create opportunities for student academic development.
  • Diversity of Learners - Increase the knowledge of the differences in how students learn and how to apply techniques to accommodate such diversity.
  • Planning Instruction - Improve planning of instruction based on knowledge of subject, students and curriculum goals and models.
  • Instructional Strategies - Improve the design and implementation of instruction that encourages each student to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Learning Environment - Improve the learning environment by encouraging active, engaged learning, positive interaction and self-motivation for all students.
  • Communication - Increase the understanding and use of a variety of communication skills including verbal and nonverbal techniques, technology, and media to increase effectiveness.
  • Assessment - Improve the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student progress or district progress.
  • Reflective Practice - Analyze past experience and pursue individualized growth opportunities to improve professional performance for increased student learning.
  • Student Support - Increase the knowledge of how to work with parents, family members, school colleagues and community members to support student learning and development.
  • Legal Responsibilities - Increase the knowledge of legal responsibilities as it pertains to area of licensure and its impact on teachers, students and school districts.
  • Financial Responsibilities - Increase the knowledge of school finance and stay current on the latest information important to the district.
  • School Improvement - Increase knowledge on best practices, current research and requirements from the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Leadership - Improve knowledge and skills in providing leadership and establishing goals and direction.
  • Technology - Increase knowledge and skills in regard to the use of technology within the school environment.

Developing Your Learning Goals

Step 1: A learning goal should contain a verb that relates to learning:

  • I will explore...
  • I will write about...
  • I will study...
  • I will become familiar with...

Step 2: Learning goals should cite an area of knowledge:

  • I will explore alternative assessment
  • I will write about the use of service learning in social studies
  • I will study problem-based learning
  • I will become familiar with the Internet as a research tool

Step 3: Learning goals should cite a rationale:

  • I will explore alternative assessment to help improve math achievement.
  • I will write about the use of service learning to share knowledge with colleagues.
  • I will study problem-based learning to deepen understanding in science.
  • I will become familiar with Internet research to help improve language arts instruction.

College Credit/Semester Hours

License renewal requires completion of 6 semester hours.  One semester hour of credit is equivalent to 30 contact hours.

You must submit an official transcript to the LPDC for each course you take.  Grade reports cannot be accepted as verification that you completed the course.

 Coursework must focus on at least one of the following Professional Development Domains:

  • Subject Matter - Increase the knowledge of subject matter to create effective learning experiences for students or area of responsibility.
  • Student Learning - Increase the understanding how students learn and develop to create opportunities for student academic development.
  • Diversity of Learners - Increase the knowledge of the differences in how students learn and how to apply techniques to accommodate such diversity.
  • Planning Instruction - Improve planning of instruction based on knowledge of subject, students and curriculum goals and models.
  • Instructional Strategies - Improve the design and implementation of instruction that encourages each student to develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Learning Environment - Improve the learning environment by encouraging active, engaged learning, positive interaction and self-motivation for all students.
  • Communication - Increase the understanding and use of a variety of communication skills including verbal and nonverbal techniques, technology, and media to increase effectiveness.
  • Assessment - Improve the use of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student progress or district progress.
  • Reflective Practice - Analyze past experience and pursue individualized growth opportunities to improve professional performance for increased student learning.
  • Student Support - Increase the knowledge of how to work with parents, family members, school colleagues and community members to support student learning and development.
  • Legal Responsibilities - Increase the knowledge of legal responsibilities as it pertains to area of licensure and its impact on teachers, students and school districts.
  • Financial Responsibilities - Increase the knowledge of school finance and stay current on the latest information important to the district.
  • School Improvement - Increase knowledge on best practices, current research and requirements from the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Leadership - Improve knowledge and skills in providing leadership and establishing goals and direction.
  • Technology - Increase knowledge and skills in regard to the use of technology within the school environment.

What are Equivalent Activities

The development of Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) has made it possible to accept a variety of professional development activities which may be used to renew your teaching certificate/license.

Equivalent activities will be eligible for credit if they meet the standards established by the Youngstown Community School Local Professional Development Committee.

Equivalent activities should result in a tangible product such as, but not limited to, the following: a book, article, report, curriculum, training module, video, pilot project, software package, etc.

Persons wishing approval of an equivalent activity will be asked to justify the value of their activity on the request form.

Regular duties of your current position are not eligible for credit.

 In general, the following activities may be approved by the LPDC for incorporating into your IPDP.
Please refer to the Equivalent Activities Options Chart for more details.

  • Professional conferences, workshops, institutes, academies or inservices
  • Professional presentations
  • Curriculum development
  • Professional committees
  • National Board Certification
  • Mentoring
  • Cooperating teacher
  • Teaching a college course
  • Publication of original work

Equivalent Activities Options

Options

Maximum Credit

Contact Hours Value

Verification

Criteria

College coursework

Unlimited

1 sem. hour = 30 Contact Hours

1 quarter hr = 20 Contact Hours

Official transcripts

Must be taken through an accredited college or other approved post secondary educational institution.

Must be taken for credit with a grade of “C” or better, a “P” in pass/fail course.

Coursework must be in education or in a content area directly related to the individual’s teaching assignment or working with students.

Professional conference workshop institute academy or inservice

Unlimited

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

Certificate of Attendance

Certificate of Attendance for activity must include attendee's name, workshop objective, date and number of contact hours, and signature of official from sponsoring organization

Must include only time spent in those portions of the conference program that contribute to the participant's knowledge, competence, performance, or effectiveness in education.

Must enhance educator's work in the profession or contribute to educator's specialization

Grant writing

30 contact hours per license cycle

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

activity documentation log and copy of grant application

Contact hours not dependent on awarding of grant

Documented clock hours in planning and preparation.

Information about the grant you will be writing, how will it be implemented in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools educational program. Must be signed by immediate supervisor

 

Self-directed educational development (professional reading, research, educational travel)

1 CEU per license cycle

 

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

activity documentation log

Must enhance individual’s work in the profession or contribute to teacher’s area of specialization.

Professional presentation

Maximum 60 contact hours per license cycle

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

activity documentation log

Applies to first presentation for each license cycle

Provide a copy of the agenda, handouts and evaluation instrument that will be used, if there is one.

Curriculum development

30 contact hours per license cycle

1 clock hour = 1 CEU

activity documentation log and copy of curriculum approval

Must be service on formal committee organized by local, state, national or international education agency or organization

Professional committees

Unlimited

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

activity documentation log

Must be service on formal committee organized by local, state, national, or international education agency or organization

Must contribute to the education profession or add to the body of knowledge in the individuals specific field.

Documented clock hours of committee work. 

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification

Maximum of 180 contact hours per license cycle

Final contact hour credit to be determined by LPDC

Valid copy of certificate or activity documentation log for candidate not completing certificate.

Must be in the subject area assigned

National Board Certificate must be completed (or) participation as candidate must be verified by the expiration date of the Ohio certificate/license

Log must accompany certification document

Mentoring

Unlimited

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

activity documentation log

Provide dated outline listing proposed topics of conversation.

Cooperating Teacher for Student Teacher or Administrative Internship

Unlimited

Full year = 30 contact hours

Half year = 15 contact hours

activity documentation log

successful completion of contract

Provide a copy of university document regarding placement with you for your student teacher or administrative intern

List university, name of person and location of assignment

Indicate if this was for a semester or quarter

Starting and stopping dates

Number of contact hours requested

Must be signed by immediate supervisor

Teaching a college course/ adult vocational or technical course

60 contact hours per license cycle

30 contact hours per semester course

activity documentation log

 

course syllabus

Must be used for the first time teaching the course each license cycle

Publication of original work

180 Contact Hours per license cycle

180 Contact Hours for book

60 Contact Hours for article in a professional journal or magazine

Copy of publication or documentation and activity documentation log

Must contribute to the education profession or add to the body of knowledge in the individual’s specific field.

Must be a commercially published book or article.

Teaching portfolio

10 hours/per year of licensing cycle

5 CEUs per license cycle

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

Completed portfolio

Must complete the following sequence:

1. Establish professional goals as they relate to any one of the Professional development standards

2. Develop an action plan that includes activities/strategies, timeline, and resources needed to accomplish the goals

3. Collect and select artifacts and evidences to support fulfillment of goals

4. Select and meet with a “critical friend” and the LPDC to reflect on progress and receive feedback.

5. Consider revisions to goals and/or action plans and make necessary changes

6. Present conclusions of this process at time of license renewal

7. If applicable, begin cycle again for next licensure period

Peer Coaching

1 CEU per licensing cycle

1 clock hour = 0.1 CEU

activity documentation log

Must include a statement of authorization from a supervisor along with summarization of pre-conference and post-conference

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