Professional Development

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We know that in public schools, community hospitals, colleges and universities, and state and municipal governments, one of the most important assets is the professional workforce. And we know that one of the most important investments to improve and strengthen the vital services they deliver is in continuous, high-quality professional development (PD).
 
Click here for AFT's national PD Program for Educators.
 
Click here for AFT's national guidelines for creating effective PD programs for educators.

Upcoming PD Opportunities
 
Be sure to visit our website and check the “Calendar” at right for upcoming PD events and activities for PreK-12 certified teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related support personnel (PSRP), nurses and healthcare workers, higher education faculty, and public employees.

K-3 Teachers Reading Survey
 
Under the 2012 education "reform" law, Public Act 12-116, active K-3 teachers will begin taking a Foundations of Reading survey during the 2014-15 school year. In response to joint efforts by AFT Connecticut and the CEA, the State Department of Education (SDE) established two survey administration windows for districts to choose from and adopted application protections and improvements. The first window begins in January of 2015 and the second begins in August.
 
Click here for a December, 2014 update on the survey sent to PreK-12 members
 
Click here for more information from the Connecticut Foundations of Reading (CFOR).
 
Click here for a practice survey at the CFOR website.

CEU & PD Requirements

The 2012 education "reform" law also eliminated the requirement that a professional certificate holder complete 90 CEUs in order to renew it. Instead, the certificate is valid for five years and is required to be continued every five years.
Also instead of CEUs, beginning in July of 2013 certificate holders are now required to participate in PD activities. These activities must be part of a plan developed by their school district’s PD committee, a requirement established in 2010 under PA 10-220a. 
 
Click here for more information on certification requirements for teachers in Connecticut.

Science Standards
The National Research Council (NRC), the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve have completed a two-step process to develop the Next Generation Science Standards. AFT Connecticut is supporting these new K-12 science standards.
 
Click here for the Next Generation Science Standards website.