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The purpose of professional development as defined by the Arkansas Department of Education is to improve knowledge and skills in order to facilitate individual, team, school-wide, and district-wide improvement designed to ensure that all students demonstrate proficiency on the state academic standards. Professional development is defined as a coordinated set of planned, research-based, best practice, learning activities for teachersand administrators, which are standards-based and continuous.

Approved professional development shall becombined with school improvement planning and licensure renewal requirements. Failure to comply with the requirements of these Rules and Regulations may result in recommendation to the State Board of Education for a loss of accreditation or other sanctions.

DeWitt School District's professional development plan is based upon the requirements outlined by federal and state laws as specified in the Rules Governing Professional Development that have been approved by the Arkansas State Board of Education.

2017-18 Professional Development

DeWitt School District's focus for professional development is to increase student achievement, to increase rigor in the classroom, and to develop 21st Century learners who are college and career ready. Eight professional development days are built into the 2017-18 DeWitt School District calendar:

  • August 7, 2017
  • August 8, 2017
  • August 9, 2017
  • August 11, 2017
  • February 16, 2018
  • May 25, 2018
  • May 29, 2018
  • May 30, 2018

August 10, 2017 and January 3, 2018 are teacher workdays. Each licensed staff member who is on a contract of less than 240 days will be responsible for completing four days of professional development during the summer. These days may be swapped for time off on the following dates:

  • February 16, 2018
  • May 25, 2018
  • May 29, 2018
  • May 30, 2018
Please see the 2017-18 DeWitt Professional Development Guidelines Handbook below for details and procedures for obtaining professional development hours and for submitting requests for swap days.

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Educators in the State of Arkansas now have the ability to signup and track professional development events on-line using the escWorks® system! Signup for a free account today to start enjoying the benefits! escWorks® Shoebox Service. The Shoebox service allows participants to maintain a history of the courses they have taken. There is a personal transcript feature that allows the user to track credits earned from other organizations.

Arkansas IDEAS connects K-12 educators with quality, ADE-approved professional development and educational opportunities, as well as a wide range of trainings on multiple platforms, thousands of classroom resources, and state and national initiatives, such as Common Core, STEM and TESS.


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