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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

319 Staff Development for Standards

The purpose of this policy is to establish opportunities for staff development which advance the staff’s ability to work effectively with the Graduation Standards and with students as they progress to achievement of those Graduation Standards and meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The School District is committed to developing staff policies and processes for continuous improvement of curriculum, instruction and assessment to ensure effective implementation of the Graduation Standards and the No Child Left Behind Act at all levels. 
A.  The Professional Development Committee (the “Committee”) shall address the needs of all staff in prioritizing staff development which will ensure effective implementation of the Graduation Standards and the No Child Left Behind Act at all levels.  The Committee will advise the School Board on the planning of staff development opportunities.
B.  The School District shall place a high priority on staff development including activities, programs, and other efforts to implement the Graduation Standards effectively and to upgrade that implementation continuously.
C.  Staff development plans for the School District shall address identified needs for Graduation Standards implementation throughout all levels of School District programs.
D.  In service, staff meetings, and district and building level staff development plans and programs shall focus on implementation and improvement of the implementation of the Graduation Standards at all levels for all students, including those with special needs.
Legal References:

Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (Educational Expectations for Minnesota’s Students)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.363 (Credential for Education Paraprofessionals)
Minn. Stat. § 122A.16 (Qualified Teacher Defined)
Minn. Stat. § 122A.60 (Staff Development Program)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0010-3501.0180 (Rules Relating to Graduation
Standards - Mathematics and Reading)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0200-3501.0290 (Rules Relating to Graduation
Standards - Written Composition)
Minn. Rules Parts 3501.0505-3501.0635 (K-12 Standards)
20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)
Adopted: May 26, 2009                                

School District
Independent School District No. 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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