1. Professional Development
a. The Board and the Association agree that all programs, courses, and funding which promote the Professional Development of teachers, staff development, the successful implementation of curricula and, therefore, a high standard of effectiveness in teaching, shall be covered by this Article.
b. The Board and the Association agree that they shall cooperate to maintain or improve the skill, efficiency and ability of the teaching staff and the quality of educational services provided within the school district, subject to the provisions of this Agreement.
a. The Board shall budget annually a fund for the purpose of promoting Professional Development of the teaching staff of the school district.
b. The Board shall place an amount equal to 1% of the total gross salaries of employees covered by this Agreement in this fund.
c. The Board shall also place into this fund an amount equal to 1/2 of 1% of the total gross salaries of Administrative Officers employed by the Board.
3. Administration of Programs and Funding
a. The Professional Development fund, as established by the Board, shall be administered by the Superintendent in consultation with the district Staff Development Core Committee (hereinafter referred to as the "Core Committee").
b. The Core Committee shall be comprised of:
- the Superintendent (or designate)
- a member of the Board
- the Association's Professional Development Chairperson
- two Administrative Officers appointed by the Campbell River Administrators' Association
- six teachers elected to represent each area as follows:
Primary (1) Special Education (1)
Intermediate (1) Provincial Specialist
Secondary (2) Association groups (1)
c. The Core Committee shall elect one of its members to chair the committee.
d. A quorum shall be a majority of the members of the Core Committee.
e. The Superintendent, in consultation with the Core Committee, shall establish the model of Professional Development to be used in the school district. The district professional development model shall include (but will not be restricted to) the recognition of three levels of professional development:
Level 1 professional development activities shall be district-wide;
Level 2 professional development activities shall be school-wide;
Level 3 professional development activities shall be applicable to either the initiatives of small groups or to individual teachers.
f. The Core Committee shall forward copies of the minutes of its meetings to the Board and Association.
g. Subject to the approval of the Superintendent, a school's elected Professional Development Committee and the principal shall be responsible for:
i. submitting a Professional Development Plan for the school to the Core Committee; and
ii. expenditure of the Professional Development funds allocated to that school.
h. In any given school year 100% of the unspent budgeted professional development funds shall be carried forward to the next school year.
i. Each year, the new Core Committee shall begin its duties no later than May 31st in order to plan for the following year.