DPPD? SCECH? Instructional Time? Confused? Read on.
Updated: Jun 30, 2020
The process for District-Provided Professional Development (DPPD) will undergo dramatic changes this week - on Wednesday, July 1st. As a result, I've received numerous questions for clarification and explanation on the topics of DPPD and the associated State Continuing Education Credit Hours (SCECHs), and DPPD counting toward the 180 days of instructional time.
Rather than answer each member's text/FB message/email separately, here's a deep dive into DPPD and SCECHs, then and soon-to-be now.
THE DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF DPPD
DPPD is offered offered by districts in compliance with state law (MCL 390.1526 and 380.1527). It's not only required, but is supported by the district in some way, for example, providing substitutes, paying your expenses toward it, or providing release time to attend. This DPPD may be used toward the 150 education-related professional learning hours needed for recertification.
In these sections of the Michigan School Code, districts are required by law to provide five days of professional development to all teachers each year. These five days are in addition to the professional development provided to new teachers in their first three years of employment. A “day” is defined as at least five hours of actual training for a total of 30 hours to be provided in a year. The “year” is considered to begin on July 1 and end on June 30, coinciding with the school year. Two of these days can take place before students come back, and no more than 10 hours can take place in any one month in order to be counted.
Right now, educators enter their DPPD into a log in their Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) account and then print the log and DPPD form for district approval. Your district must verify the DPPD hours listed on the log by initialing each page and then completing and signing the form for each educator. In this way, both educators and their districts are responsible for maintaining documentation verifying DPPD hours. I won't go into the process too deeply as it's about to change.
Michigan Department of Education determined that the current process is burdensome for both educators and districts. As a result, the Auditor General also recommended a change to the process, which we now will undergo.
DPPD AS INSTRUCTIONAL TIME
There was also a change in the State School Aid Act (MCL 388.1701(10), as follows (appropriately bringing us back a few years):
A district may count up to 38 hours of qualifying professional development for teachers as hours of pupil instruction.
All of the following apply to the counting of qualifying professional devIf qualifying professional development exceeds 5 hours in a single day, that day may be counted as a day of pupil instruction.
At least 8 hours of the qualifying professional development counted as hours of pupil instruction under this subsection must be recommended by a districtwide professional development advisory committee appointed by the district board. The advisory committee must be composed of teachers employed by the district who represent a variety of grades and subject matter specializations, including special education; non-teaching staff; parents; and administrators. The majority membership of the committee shall be composed of teaching staff. Professional development provided online is allowable and encouraged, as long as the instruction has been approved by the district. The department issues a list of approved online professional development providers, which must include the Michigan Virtual School. And finally - qualifying professional development may only be counted as hours of pupil instruction for the pupils of those teachers scheduled to participate in the qualifying professional development.
This is information that each of your negotiation teams was armed with as they moved into this year's negotiations.
A SUMMARY OF THE NEW PROCESS
Beginning July 1st, DPPD will be entered by districts into MOECS as SCECHs. Districts have multiple options for SCECH sponsorship and for submitting SCECH program applications. (Including MEA! We can assist in that process -- my colleagues at our Center for Leadership and Learning are pros at SCECH development and approval. Let your district know we can help.)
Just because it's changed, this does not eliminate the legislative requirements for DPPD. If you want to see a visual representation of the flow your district will must use to develop and present DPPD, CLICK HERE.
First, each district will choose their path for presenting DPPD as SCECHs from three options: They can become a SCECH sponsor, they can name the AESA as the sponsor, or they can band together with another district in a consortium. MEA can assist with option number one!
They then plan the yearly DPPD calendar. The district - and you! - can use this document GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING THAT SATISFY MCL 380.126 and 308.1527 to see how you're doing. Their year-long program is submitted into MOECS by the district, attaching their year-long calendar document. No agenda is required as that was already part of the SCECH-approval process.
NEW FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS
DPPD for school counselors must be developed and submitted separately. Your 150 hours of required DPPD must included the areas of college prep and selection (25 hours) and career exploration (25 hours, five of which must be in military options).
BACK TO THE PROCESS
The calendar is submitted to MDE for approval, and must be sent at least 30 days prior to the start of the event (note: this requirement is currently waived during school closure).
Attendance at the event is collected using the method the district has listed in the application, and other documentation is kept by the district in their records. In order to get credit for this DPPD, you will need to complete a program evaluation survey. There's no deadline for educators to complete this survey, but you won't be credited until it's done.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR EDUCATORS
• Any DPPD accrued after June 30 will need to be entered by the district as SCECHs. • Educators will not be able to enter DPPD that takes place after June 30, 2020 into MOECS. • Educators will be allowed to continue to submit DPPD that occurs prior to July 1, 2020 into MOECS. • Past DPPD entered into the MOECS logs may still be used by educators for recertification during their next renewal. • Any DPPD accrued prior to July 1, 2020 that is entered into the DPPD Log in MOECS must be printed out and approved by the district. • To receive the SCECH credit for DPPD after July 1, 2020, educators will need to complete the program evaluation surveys which are automatically generated after the district uploads participation. Once the survey is completed, the educator will receive the SCECH credit for the DPPD program in their MOECS account. • For any DPPD already entered into MOECS, educators must keep proof of participation in the program, including agendas. For any DPPD after July 1, 2020, educators will no longer be required to keep documentation as districts must have that information.
EDUCATOR ACTION ITEMS
To ensure SCECH credit for DPPD, educators may want to do the following: • Communicate with the district to ensure that DPPD will be recorded as SCECHs and what type of schedule the district will use for uploading participation. • Ensure the accuracy of personal contact information in MOECS. Program evaluation survey notifications are sent to the email address listed in MOECS. • Regularly check MOECS for program evaluation surveys needing completion by clicking on “Complete SCECH Evaluations” on the MOECS homepage.