Professional Growth for RCPS Teachers

In RCPS, we foster a growth mindset; intentional, self-directed, and ongoing professional learning is therefore essential. A professional, individual growth plan consists of two parts:

1. a student learning goal and

2. a personal goal aligned with that student achievement goal.

The purpose of this site is to provide important and helpful information about designing a student learning goal and an aligned professional development goal. Details on how to access and enter your goals in Frontline are also found here.

INTRODUCTION

Step 1: Please view the video at right for a short message from Dr. Oskar Scheikl, RCPS Superintendent, followed by information on establishing a Frontline account and the process of designing a professional growth plan.

Video: https://youtu.be/6qgZ2zAILoc

Professional Growth Plan Overview and Tutorial

THE 5 Cs IN ROCKINGHAM

Step 2: Examine carefully RCPS's learning goals as they are articulated in the document at right.

Document: The 5 Cs in Rockingham

ILLUMINATING THE 5 Cs

Learn what it means to be a creator, communicator, collaborator, critical thinker, and good citizen in Rockingham County (VA) Public Schools.

SAMPLE GOALS

PROFESSIONAL GROWTH PLAN WORKSHEET

Step 4: Develop your own professional learning plan using the worksheet provided at right which contains the same fields as the actual form in Frontline. This Google doc is not submitted to your principal. You will submit your actual plan in Frontline, but we suggest you use this worksheet to compose then copy/paste your information from Google into Frontline.

FRONTLINE SUBMISSION

Step 5: Establish your new Frontline ID and submit your goals using the online form provided there. Your principal will then access and review your submission in Frontline.

TO DO:

1. Locate your email from Frontline to establish your new account.


2. Familiarize yourself with the form's sections.

Go to Frontline's Professional Growth Site

This site hosts your documentation and evidence for your personal and professional growth goals.

Not sure what to do next? See video segments for help!

3. Enter and submit your goals.

  • See video demo of entire process including evidence upload procedure, principal approval process, and final submission steps.

Video demo by section


0:00 Teacher: Submit by copying pasting from worksheet into Frontline
1:31 Principal : Review and approve goals
2:29 Teacher: Convert any Google Docs to PDFs
3:10 Teacher: Upload and submit evidence, final narratives
5:45 Principal: Review evidence and final narratives for final approval
7:31 Teacher: Check for total process completion

Video demo

Frequently Asked Questions (From TEACHERS)

QUESTION: I can't paste text copied from my Google doc into the fields in my Professional Growth form in Frontline. Why will this not work for me?

ANSWER: It seems that the Chrome extension, Grammarly, can create this issue. To fix this, disable Grammarly, sign out then back into your Frontline account and it will work. Or, perhaps try accessing Frontline in a browser other than Chrome.

QUESTION: How can I access the Frontline District Catalog in order to sign up for PD sessions offered?

ANSWER: Log into Frontline at mylearningplan.com then please follow these steps.

  1. Click Activity Catalog > Division Catalog
  2. Locate and click activity name (be sure to check the date range beside "Between" if you don't see the event)
  3. Click blue Sign Up Now button

Can't remember if you've already signed up for an activity? Go to My Info > View in Progress. That page shows anything pending including also activities that may have passed but administrators have yet to mark complete which awards points. You can also find the activity in the catalog again and if you've signed up already, it will indicate that!

QUESTION: I cannot find a particular inservice I'm looking for in the inservice catalog. What should I do?

ANSWER: When logged into your Frontline account, go to Activity Catalogs > Division Catalog. Scroll through the items. If you don't see the one you're looking for, please see the two tips at right related to searching the catalog.

QUESTION: How can I add my own PD activities for my principal's approval to earn points?

ANSWER: Follow these steps:

  1. Upload your evidence (certificate, transcript, etc.) using My Info > My File Library
    • Tip: Take a picture of any paper-based evidence so you'll have a digital file to upload.
  2. Submit it using Forms > Individual Professional Development Submission Form

---> MORE HELP? Watch this VIDEO for step-by-step assistance: https://youtu.be/x6ZmwI6xw3Q

Individual Professional Development Submission Form

QUESTION: How do I know how many points I have accumulated in Frontline for my current recertification cycle?

ANSWER: Go to My Info > My Portfolio

Frequently Asked Questions (From PRINCIPALS)

QUESTION: How can I access goals submitted by my teachers after I've approved them?

ANSWER: Here's a demo to show how to navigate to these: https://youtu.be/clP3TRpej-4

QUESTION: How can I add my faculty meetings and other PD events to the Frontline District Catalog so teachers can get credit for participating?

ANSWER: Details are found at http://bit.ly/frontlinecatalog

QUESTION: How can I mark attendance and award credit to teachers who attend our building PD events?

ANSWER: See this demo video. Written directions are also found at http://bit.ly/frontlinecatalog