Professional Learning/Leadership Opportunities


 


Professional Learning Opportunities:

A reminder that WPS has $93,000 set aside for courses, conferences, and other learning events. You simply fill out a form for approval prior to taking the course. You will be reimbursed upon completion up to $750 to begin with, and more if the account allows (see contract language for specific information - page 22). It does not have to be a credited course, but does have to relate to your work. WESA also has some money set aside for this.  Also WPSF will support some professional development too, so it could be the subject of a grant proposal.

  • Further, there are often a selection of Union and other professional learning opportunities that are low-cost or free. 
  • Gaining credits helps you to rise on the salary scale and gives you greater employment and advancement opportunities. 
  • Course Reimbursement Form (WTA/WESA)   |Form|
  • Note that the Google app Dochub allows you to complete any form online in a simple manner. You can get to this app by clicking "and more" on the Google Drive and searching the apps.

Professional Learning Links

Summer MITS Science Programs - visit site to see application due dates and other details

New Teacher Week-Long Workshop at MTA Summer Conference: This is free and a great opportunity to learn about the union and other opportunities as a new teacher (first five years). Kori Rogers, a teacher at Happy Hollow, attended last year and can be reached for information if interested at kori_rogers@wayland.k12.ma.us

Independent Learning Options
Lead Your Own Professional Learning
If you have a professional learning event that you think WTA Members will be interested in, please forward to maureen_devlin@wayland.k12.ma.us and I'll include it on this list.

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