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Self-directed professional development in SD#23

May 15, 2020 jjamison

We are asking all COTA members to fill in the self-directed professional development plan by June 30th for this summers pro-d. If you do not have a contract for next year, you can wait until you receive one. If you are on a leave, you can fill in the form once you return. TTOCs are not required to do professional development. However, we encourage you take part in professional development for your own benefit. If you obtain a contract after June 30th, the professional development that you do or plan on doing will be credited as per contract teachers. 

If you plan on attending the COTA Summer Conference, you should still fill in the self-directed professional development form. If something comes up that prevents you from attending the conference, you can fall back on your self-directed pro-d. 

Anyone who has a self-directed pro-d plan may change their plan at any point in the year. You will need to notify your pro-d rep and administrator. Unfortunately, you will not be able to change the activities on the online self-directed pd form. You will have to resubmit your new plan. 

Below are the guidelines.


Planning Document Guidelines


The Self Directed Pro-D Activity planning initiative recognizes that teachers' Professional Development requirements are diverse and that individuals or small groups of teachers can use their time wisely to meet their own needs.  Professional Developmentis a teacher directed initiative intended to improve the quality of education.  It consists of a variety of activities which may include studying professional literature or materials, taking courses, participating in research, engaging in collegial group activities, and attending conferences.  Professional Development is not marking, classroom setup, lesson planning or participating in personal endeavours.

Teachers may elect to create a Self-Directed Professional Development Plan for the current or next school year.  It is important to note that the summer days can be replaced with days in- lieu during non-instructional time throughout the school year.  The October and February days are mandatory days of work. 

In-lieu days are not an option for the October and February Professional Development Days.

For both instances, the Self-Directed Professional Development Planning Document must be completed by the teacher and acknowledged by the school Principal and the school Pro-d Representative.

The Self-Directed Professional Development Plan shall be:

  • completed, and submitted to your Principal for acknowledgement for summer days in lieu by June 30th, or as soon as possible in the new school year when  teachers are assigned to a school after June 30th.


  • completed 10 days prior to the October and February Professional Development Days.


filed at the school level and sent to the COTA Professional Development Chair or completed on and emailed to Principal and school Pro-D Rep.

The parties recognize that a collegial atmosphere of support and trust is necessary for the success of the Self-Directed Professional Development Plan.

All full-time teachers will be held accountable for fulfilling all five (5) Professional Development Days.

Part-time teachers are held accountable for fulfilling a pro-rated number of Professional Development Days. One Pro-d day of a self-directed activity or activities should be equivalent to an instructional day.

Failure to indicate and undertake one of the above options may cost Special Circumstance Leave day(s) (ie. the cost of a TOC – see article G.30 in the Collective Agreement).

PLEASE NOTE the following for summer days only:

Teachers currently on leave and teachers hired after the summer pro-d days will have the option to be considered for a Professional Development Plan beginning at a date mutually agreed to by the teacher and the principal. 

Changes to the Professional Development Plan Document may be made at any time through mutual agreement between the teacher and the principal.  A Professional Development Plan cannot, however, be extended beyond June 30th of the applicable school year.  Credit for completion of Professional Development Plan activities cannot be extended from one school year to another.


 Payment for summer in-lieu Self-Directed Professional Development Days

To accommodate the two  week spring break, three pro-d days in the summer, as well as minutes added to the instructional day, make up the additional four or five days required for the second week of spring break.

The teacher who is working /at school the five days immediately prior to spring break will be the teacher paid full salary in March; and that one person per position gets paid these days.

To receive the in-lieu pro-d days a teacher needs to:

  • Be in a contract five days prior to spring break and through spring break
  • Have completed three summer pro-d days or a self-directed PDP (SD-PDP)

For a teacher who started a contract after the opportunity to complete the August pro-days, the final day for a SD-PDP to be submitted is the Friday before spring break. The exception would be if the contract is backdated to prior to spring break and the teacher will have an opportunity to submit a SD-PDP. The SP-PDP days must be completed by June 30th, or end of contract, whichever is earlier.

Teachers using individual sick days[August and/or March]shall be considered to still be at work in March[i.e. they are not on a specific leave], the teacher who worked the days prior to spring break is eligible for the days provided they have met the requirements of the SD-PDP/Summer days.

  • Teachers who attend the three summer pro-d days or work on a self-directed PDP are ineligible if they are not working the days prior to and spring break.
  • Teachers who start a contracts after spring break, or who have short term contracts during the year that do not extend to spring break, will not be paid for March even if they have completed the summer pro-d or SD-PDP.
  • Teachers who return to work after spring break are not eligible to do a PDP for that school year.
  • Teachers who on a leave should not be completing the August pro-d days nor should they be completing their SD-PDP while on leave. There is a concern around work, Worksafe, and possible further injury if the district acknowledges that the work can be done while on a leave, in agreement for pay later.


 Below is a short video on how to sign up to and fill out the online self-directed pro-d plan (form).


Here is the link on youtube

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