The VCS Professional Learning System Manual Statement of Professional Learning ConductDOE Professional Development Protocol StandardsIn-service for Non-employees
The VCS Professional Learning System Manual
Statement of Professional Learning Conduct
DOE Professional Development Protocol Standards
In-service for Non-employees
Earning In-service CreditsTransferring In-service CreditsReading Your In-service Transcript in MyPGS College Credit Conversion
Earning In-service Credits
Transferring In-service Credits
Reading Your In-service Transcript in MyPGS
College Credit Conversion
Professional learning eligible for in-service credit must
include the four phases as defined by protocol and described in the PD Cycle:
implementing and evaluating.
Participants will receive in-service credit when all of the
following criteria have been successfully met:participation in the professional learning activity.implementation of
new learning.evaluation of
the impact of the new learning on professional practice and students.evidence of the above submitted to the facilitator for assessment.
Whether attendance is voluntary or mandatory for
professional learning, in-service credit will be awarded for learning time,
implementation and evaluation.
In-service credit will be awarded when participants
successfully meet all the expectations outlined by the facilitator. Partial
credit will not be awarded for incomplete and/or unsuccessful demonstration of
In-service credit will not be given for informational
meetings and committee meetings. Informational meetings are task oriented
and generally focus on managerial or logistical issues. Meetings are agenda
driven by a leader who presents information to the participants. The following
list includes, but is not limited to, examples of topics that may be covered in
informational meetings for which in-service credit is not awarded are:
Code of Conduct, EthicsTechnical Updates; e.g., MyPGS, VIMS General Policies and ProceduresInsurance/RetirementSafety ProceduresBlood borne PathogensBus Driving Certification for AthleticsUnion Meetings
Examples of committees that hold meetings concerning
school-related tasks for which in-service credit is not awarded are:
Curriculum CommitteeSafety CommitteeSunshine (Social) CommitteeLead Literacy TeamSchool Advisory Council
Non-district training attended by VCS employees may be eligible for in-service credit.
To meet eligibility, professional learning opportunities must be aligned to an
individual's DPP and/or School/District Professional Learning Plans.
Attendance at conventions, conferences, and seminars typically does not
guarantee that in-service credits will be awarded. Most events have awareness-level
breakout sessions which do not meet the Florida's Professional Development
Protocol Standards for implementation and evaluation. Following the event, the
participant must implement the new learning, complete the Professional
Learning Implementation and Evaluation Evidence form for conferences,
and submit to the Office of Professional Learning along with required
documentation of attendance and number of hours of training.
Training hours for instructional and non-instructional
personnel are not considered in-service credit for professional educator
certificate renewal. Training hours may include technology applications,
auditable compliance standards and job-specific skills. Support personnel may
apply training hours to the career ladder process under development by VCS
Effective July 1, 2014, all individuals applying for
recertification in Florida are required to earn 20 in-service credits or 1
college credit hour in instructing students with disabilities (SWD). This
requirement is included within the 120 in-service credit or six hours of
According to the Florida Legislature in order for a professional learning opportunity to qualify as an ESE credit, the main focus of the professional learning opportunity must be on the instruction of students with disabilities. There are four categories that meet the legislative requirement for ESE credit:
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