Professional Learning

Article 21

*Please note Article 21 Fall 2018 is now CLOSED.

ARTICLE 21 (Spring 2019)

Opens: November 26, 2018

Deadline: December 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Applications are only accepted during open week (November 26-December 3). Please do not send/turn in any applications before open date.


FALL 2018

Applications for Article 21 Fall 2018: Accepted at the PLCC between August 23rd, 2018 through August 30th, 2018 until 4:30 p.m. This deadline is for conferences taking place between September 10th, 2018 through December 31st, 2018.


Applications for Article 21 Spring 2019: Accepted at the PLCC between November 26, 2018 through December 3rd, 2018 until 4:30 p.m. This deadline is for conferences taking place between January 1st, 2019 through June 7th, 2019.

*Please deliver original completed applications to Brenda Moreno at the PLCC, 15771 E. 1st Avenue, Aurora, CO 80011. NO SCANNED OR EMAILED COPIES ACCEPTED.

Other Details:

    • All applicants receive confirmation of received application and notice of Lottery Drawing date.
    • All applicants are notified of drawn order.
    • Lottery Winners have 48 hours to accept or deny awarded monies.
    • Lottery Winners receive notice of when Advance Check are available.
    • Incomplete application will not be processed in the lottery.

Please deliver original completed applications to Brenda Moreno at the PLCC, 15771 E. 1st Avenue, Aurora, CO 80011. No scanned or emailed copies are accepted.

*Article 21 Winners are Selected by Lottery | **Late Submissions are Accepted Under NO Circumstances

Article 21 Funds

In accordance with Article 21 of the Negotiated Agreement, monies are provided for teachers' professional conference attendance thereby providing impetus for improvement in education through an interchange of ideas and an exposure to new developments. (A regional conference is considered to be any conference held in Colorado; a national conference is any conference outside of Colorado.)

All teachers are highly encouraged to apply for funding. Selection of which conference to attend may be done in collaboration with principals, Instructional Leadership Teams, Department Chairs or content area specialists. A principal’s, site or department administrator’s signature is required for a complete application.

The selection of winners is by lottery. Seventy-five percent of the allocation is reserved for regional conferences; up to twenty five percent is reserved for national conferences.

Application Process

Application Guidelines: PDF

Article 21 Application: PDF (also available below)

Complete a packet of the following items.

    1. Article 21 Application, including a principal’s, site or department administrator’s signature.
    2. Conference/Travel Request/Advance/Reimbursement Form 1069 (Part A): requestadvancereimbursement/
    3. After downloading the form, click the tab at the bottom (“Part A”) to start the request process. This form MUST be saved on your device, and after completed, printed out and signed by both yourself and your principal or supervisor. You will need to indicate the amount of the advance requested as well. Please follow these guidelines for expenses:

a. Fill in (type on) the form and include estimated lodging costs, meal expenses, air fare, ground transportation, parking, baggage fees, gratuity, and/or mileage if driving. If estimating mileage, please choose the current mileage reimbursement rate of 54 cents per mile from the drop down menu on the form.

                  • Next, supporting documentation for each estimated expense except meals, is required and can be in the form of print-outs from websites including mileage printouts. Please provide all information and expenses for the conference, including materials and registration fees.
                  • Please note that membership fees will not be paid for.
                  • Please provide documentation for the conference as well, i.e., a brochure, flyer, web printout, etc.
                  • Also, applications will be considered incomplete, if documentation for every estimated expense is not provided.
                  • Please type everything on (Part A), except your signature.
                  • Be sure to type in the total on the bottom line of (Part A) “Amount Requested”. (This does not include the amount for a sub if needed, only the amount of estimated expenses).
                  • Again, fill out (Part A) carefully, and completely, including marking the boxes, and providing sub dates, if needed.
                  • Be sure to sign the form at the bottom and have your principal or supervisor sign it as well in the box “CONFERENCE APPROVAL BY IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR”.

b. Reasonable guidelines for meal expenses for regional conferences are: breakfast - $10.00; lunch - $12.00-$15.00; dinner - $20.00-$25.00. National conferences may have higher prices for meals, but are to be within a reasonable range of expense.

c. Do not use estimates that include sharing lodging with another person. The district will only pay single occupancy rate for lodging for each employee.

d. If requesting mileage, be sure to include the mileage for roundtrip as additional funds will not be available and applications are processed as is and will not be altered to include the round trip mileage by Professional Learning.

The application packet must be turned into Brenda Moreno at the PLCC by deadline, in original form with original signatures. (No photocopies, scans or emails will be accepted).

Article 21 Application only.docx

Guidelines for Conference Advance/Reimbursement

PDF form available

Guidelines for Conference Advance and Reimbursement.docx

Guidelines for Conference Advance/Reimbursement CHECKLIST

PDF form available

Article 21 Conference Advancement And Reimbursement Checklist.docx


Should you have any questions regarding the Article 21 process, please direct your inquiries to:

Brenda Moreno, PLCC Clerk

Ext. 28701