Professional Staff Development

2018-2019 Professional Staff Development

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The Act 48 Committee is pleased to present its summer academy offerings for the 2018-2019 school year. While browsing through the booklet, please notice the arrangement of academies by areas of focus:

  • Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • Eduplanet21
  • Technology Integration
  • Student Wellness & Professional Growth
  • Instructional Design: Curriculum Development, Review & Prioritization

Once again, we are excited to offer a variety of delivery platforms this summer: face-to-face, blended, and online courses. You are able to choose how you want to schedule your learning opportunities. We continue to work to redesign professional development opportunities to be more flexible and responsive to your needs. This summer we will once again offer the opportunity to complete Eduplanet21 courses. A membership code is not necessary to complete a learning path. The learning paths can be accessed by clicking on Institutes, and then selecting WSSD under My Institutes. Every cataloged learning path available to take this summer will be listed. Simply click on the learning path to enroll.

This year, we will publically recognize professional staff who complete four or more academies during the summer and each staff member will receive a certificate. For professional staff, this is domain 4 evidence. Hope you are able to take advantage of the many offerings this summer.

PLEASE NOTE: August 31st is an early dismissal day. You have the option to complete a half-day Eduplanet path this summer and leave with the students on August 31st. The path for August 31st must be completed by August 17th. You may also choose to stay on-site August 31st to complete the path. There is no need to register in 48 C.A.R.A.T.S. for the path you take for this day. Building secretaries will help track who is working and collect certificates of completion. You will be responsible to hand in your certificate to the building secretary when you return to school in order to be excused.


In an effort to make the process for requesting summer academies more efficient, the 48 C.A.R.A.T.S. system will be used. Click here or use the related link below for detailed instructions for requesting summer academies through the 48 C.A.R.A.T.S. system. 

Once you have registered for your desired summer academies, your requests will be reviewed by the building principal. Once approved by the building principal, requests will be reviewed by the assistant superintendent’s office.  You must register through 48 C.A.R.A.T.S. no later than May 4th so that principals can approve registrations and we can begin to process staff development worksheets. 

Once requests have been reviewed and approved by the assistant superintendent’s office, a worksheet for each teacher will be sent to the building. The worksheet will look very similar to the one typically used, and it will allow teachers to indicate their technical skill assessment, intent to work hours in their classroom, and other information not gathered through 48 C.A.R.A.T.S. Teachers will be required to sign the worksheet and return the original to the office of the assistant superintendent.

Once a teacher has elected his/her activities and the activities have been approved at the Central Office, changes to the Staff Development Contract will only be permitted on a case-by-case basis after communication between the teacher and the Assistant Superintendent.

If you have any questions regarding summer academy offerings, please contact your building administrator as a first point of contact.

Limited copies of the Professional Staff Development booklet are available in each school main office, the booklet may also be downloaded as a related file below.


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