Professional Issues

Professional Issues Committee Chair: Patricia Gudlaugson  and Sylvia Jackson

VESTA is committed to defending teachers’ choices around professional development, and encourages its members to participate in professional development activities that are meaningful and worthwhile in furthering their understandings of teaching and learning.

The Professional Development Committee helps organize school union rep training for school-based pro-d chairs, organizes after-school professional development activities for members, and advises the Executive Committee on issues related to professional development.


School-Based Professional Development Committee

The school-based Professional Development Committee is run for, and by teachers.  The committee is chaired by a teacher. The school Administrative Officer is an ex-officio member. Schools may choose to invite Support Staff to Professional Development meetings, but they are non-voting members and they have access to separate funds.  We encourage teachers from different roles (i.e. primary, intermediate, non-enrolling) to participate in the committee.  The Pro-D committee votes (1 vote per committee member) on recommendations to take to the Staff Committee for final approval.

VBE/VESTA/VSTA Joint Statement on Self-Directed Professional Development

We agree with the following points with respect to self- directed professional development activities: Self-Directed Pro D has a valuable role to play in the full complement of a teacher’s professional development. Teachers have a professional responsibility to plan for their Self-Directed Pro D. A written plan will be submitted to the School Pro D Committee in advance of a Pro D day (suggested about two weeks prior). A timeline will be proposed by the School Pro D Committee and approved by the School Staff Committee.

The Administrator is a member of the Pro D Committee and has access to those plans. We also agree there are principles which outline best practices for professional development,  both self-directed and staff organized. These are outlined in the VSB/VTF Pro D Handbook and in a variety of BCTF documents. There are also a variety of resources available to assist in planning in the VSB/VTF Pro D Handbook and documents created by VSTA and VESTA. Agreed to in Spring 2008 at the district Professional Development Committee.

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