The 70th Session (1999) of the Nevada State Legislature passed Senate Bill 555, which, under Sections 16 and 17, authorized the establishment of four Regional Professional Development Programs (RPDPs) in the state. Their collective charge is to support the state's teachers and administrators in implementing Nevada's academic standards through regionally determined professional development activities.
Under SB 555, fiscal agents for the regional programs are to be located in Clark, Washoe, and Elko County School Districts.1
However, the planning and implementation of professional development services in each region must be overseen by a governing body consisting of superintendents in the respective regions, master teachers appointed by the superintendents, and representatives of Nevada's high education system and the State Department of Education (Section 16.1-16.8).
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1Service regions are designated as the Northeastern RPDP (at Elko), serving Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, and White Pine Counties; the Northwestern RPDP (at Washoe), serving Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe Counties; and the Southern RPDP (at Clark) serving Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, and Nye Counties.