PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
FAQs

 
                     
 
Can I take my students on a field trip or work with student groups on a Pro-D day?
No. Pro-D days (referred to as Non-Instructional days by the School District and Ministry) are defined in legislation as days when students do not attend. Teachers have worked hard to negotiate this time in their Collective Agreements for their own professional development.
 
Can I use my Pro-D funds for personal wellness?
No. As per our Pro-D Policy, there is a distinction made between personal development and professional development. Personal development are those activities designed to promote our well-being.  Professional development enhances our practice of teaching and growth as a professional.   
 
How much funding do schools get for school-based Pro-D?
Each school gets $15 per FTE (part-time teachers are pro-rated). Refer to the Application for “Whole School Pro-D Funds.” If two or more schools join together for a school-based day, they are eligible to receive $500/per year from the “Zonal or Inter-Zonal” fund. Teachers can also use money from their Individual Pro-D funds (on a pro-rated/equal shared basis).
 
Do teachers get any release time to plan for their school-based Pro-D day?
Yes, we encourage leadership within the schools and at the inter-school level. Money is available for planning purposes. Schools with 10 or less divisions may use up to 2 x (0.5) days, schools with more than 10 divisions may use up to 4 x (0.5) days. See the application for “School-Based Pro-D Committee Release.” Note that District Resource Teachers do not receive any funding as this is considered part of their job duties.
 
For school-based Pro-D, does the NDTA pay the presenters fee?
No, school staffs must pay for their presenters as outlined above. However, an NDTA member can access the “School-Based Pro-D Committee Release” fund to prepare for a workshop.
 
Am I allowed to do a self-directed activity?
Yes, teachers can elect to do a self-directed activity as long as the teacher’s attendance is not essential for the planned Pro-D activity and falls within the Pro-D Policy guidelines. Teachers must complete a “Self Directed Pro-D” form which includes sending a copy to the NDTA and informing their principal of their plans. 
 
Why do I have to inform the NDTA or the principal of my self-directed plans?
Under our Collective Agreement, the NDTA is required to report to the School District a summary of all Pro-D member activities. As well, School District Policy says that principals must inform the Assistant Superintendent of the “topic and nature” of professional development activities.  
 
What is my Individual PD fund allotment?
Teachers' allotments are based on their FTE at $250 per year. Full-time (1.0) receive $250 per year and part-time teachers allocation would be pro-rated (eg.  0.5 X $250 = $125 per year). TTOCs and Teachers on Leave are allocated $200/year.

We are starting a new 3 year cycle (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15).  At this time in the cycle, you can access the year 1 and year 2 portion of your allocation.  In the second year and third year, all 3 years may be accessed if unused.

Unused monies at June 30, 2015, will be rolled back into general revenue and a new three (3) year cycle will begin.
 
NEW:  Supplemental TTOC day
All teachers with a contract may also access up to one (1) TTOC release day per year for Professional Development as per NDTA Pro-D Policy. This is billed directly to the NDTA.