Master Plan FAQs

FAQs III – Professional Development Master Plan (PDMP) January 26th, 2012 

Q: If a teacher attends a workshop for 2 hours and then does all the right stuff… Brings her knowledge back, reflects, plans out a
few things, tries them out, reflects on the process, etc. How many CEUs can she put in for?

A: The application of learning is a professional responsibility. It is required to apply the knowledge to earn the CEUs. In this case, the
teacher would be eligible for 2 CEUs, the actual length of time of the professional development. Application of the learning and
reflection is required prior to earning those CEUs. Application of the learning and reflections is demonstrated by answering the
questions and providing evidence as specified on Form 5.

Q: Teacher A and Teacher B are in a book study/action research group together for 6 hours. Teacher A spends 3 hours beyond that
reflecting/planning/using what she learned; Teacher B spends 1 hour doing same. Would Teacher A and Teacher B receive a
different amount of CEUs?

A: The application of learning is a professional responsibility. It is required to apply the knowledge to earn the CEUs. In this case,
assuming each teacher is able to satisfactorily complete Form 5 (which is how the application of the learning and reflection is
documented), each teacher would be eligible for 6 CEUs – the actual length of time of the professional development.

Q: Can professional development be ‘grouped’ on Form 5? For example – If I participate in a PLC that meets multiple times over a
four month period, can I use one Form 5 to document this activity.

A: Yes.

Q: If a teacher is teaching at UNH part time, can she use her faculty meetings there as professional development?

A: It depends. A housekeeping or ‘typical’ business‐type of faculty meeting would not provide the kind of learning that one could
apply and reflect upon the student impact, most likely, so the answer would be no. If the faculty is doing something from the
professional development ‘grid’ (examining student work, student data, etc.) the answer could be ‘yes’ if the educator then applies and
reflects upon the activity (using Form 5).

This same rationale applies to in‐house faculty meetings, department meetings, or other building‐based meetings.

FAQs II – Professional Development Master Plan (PDMP) Updated October 5th, 2011 

Q: Will district sponsored workshops ‘count’ for CEU’s without a supporting goal? 

A: Any educator wishing to claim CEU’s must demonstrate that the activity (district sponsored or otherwise) supports individual 
goals, which in turn support school goals, which in turn support district goals. It would likely be difficult to find a district‐sponsored 
workshop that doesn’t somehow do this. 

Bullying workshops, for example, relate directly to ‘Strategies and Best Practices’ when you think about learning and school climate 
issues. Technology workshops, as another example, could relate to content area (utilizing technology in the arts, for example), to 
‘Knowledge of Learners and Learning’ (21st Century Learners), and ‘Strategies and Best Practices’. 

The educator must also demonstrate that the activity had an impact on what they do (as an educator) and has had an impact on 
students and/or student learning. A bullying workshop might make me, as a teacher, more aware of certain ‘covert’ types of bullying 
behaviors that I hadn’t been aware of before, for example, or I might learn how to use a SMART board and develop a simple activity at 
a technology workshop that I use in my class. 

Q: How long does a teacher have to apply concepts to their classroom, students, etc. after attending a workshop or seminar? 

A: There is no time limit other than the educator’s professional development cycle. Individual schools may wish to develop a system 
for periodically reminding educators to complete Form 5s as they go along to avoid an ‘end of year’ deluge. 

Q: Does the Blue Cycle have to transfer to the new PDMP (including the new goals) on Form 3 by June 2012? 

A: The Blue Cycle has two options: 
Option A: Simply ‘import’ their current goals into the new Form 3 (directions are provided on Form3OldNew.pdf), or 
Option B: Develop a whole new plan, following the new process – which will result in new goals. 

Q: How would you interpret the category Learners and Learning? 

A: The ‘Learners and Learning’ category includes the study of how students learn, learning theories, physical/mental obstacles to 
learning, and the like.

FAQs ‐ Professional Development Master Plan (PDMP) Updated August 18th, 2011 

Q: Why do we need a new plan?

A: Every five years, the New Hampshire Department of Education requires districts to submit updated plans that meet current requirements. Manchester’s current PDMP expires June 30, 2011. The newest revision meets the current requirements as set forth by the Department of Education. 

Q: What is the roll‐out plan for the new PDMP?

A: The Professional Development Master Plan Committee has identified key elements for the successful roll‐out of the plan. These elements are under development by the PDMP Committee and in the early fall the District‐Level Professional Development Committee will assemble to continue these efforts. Building principals will have received information about the new PDMP prior to the end of the 2010‐11 school year.

How will all educators be made aware of the new plan?  Each school will have a representative of its PDC as a member of the District‐Level PDC.  Dissemination of information and materials and training in the administration of the new PDMP will occur in September on
each of the following dates:
  • Wednesday, September 7th, 3:30pm 
  • Thursday, September 8th, 3:30pm 
  • Wednesday, September 14th, 3:30pm 
Each PDC representative needs to attend only ONE of these meetings. The building principal should attend this meeting with the representative.

Sign‐ups for each date will be posted in late August.

Each representative will return to their Building‐Level PDC and provide the necessary information and materials, along with training in the administration of the new PDMP prior to the end of September.  Building principals and the Building‐Level PDC will be responsible for providing the necessary information, materials, and training to all educators in their buildings prior to the end of October.