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STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Staff development shall be predominantly campus-based, related to achieving campus performance objectives, and developed and approved by the schoolwide committee [see BQA].

Training Specifics

The staff development provided by the School must be conducted in accordance with standards developed by the School and designed to improve education in the School.  

The staff development may include:

  1. Training in technology, conflict resolution, ethics, and discipline strategies, including classroom management, School discipline policies, and the Student Code of Conduct;
  2. Training that relates to instruction of students with disabilities and in the prevention, identification, response to, and reporting incidents of bullying, recognizing and preventing human trafficking and suicide prevention;
  3. Digital learning; and
  4. Instruction as to what is permissible under law, including opinions of the United States Supreme Court, regarding prayer in public school.

The digital learning training must discuss basic technology proficiency expectations and methods to increase an educator’s digital literacy, and assist an educator in the use of digital technology in learning activities that improve teaching, assessment, and instructional practices.

Education Code 21.451(b)-(d); (d-3), (g);  [Also see DH, DHB, DHG, DIA, and FFB]

The School may use schoolwide staff development that has been developed and approved through the district-level decision process.

Education Code 21.452(c)

Students with Disabilities

Staff development must include training that is evidence based, as defined by Section 8101, Every Student Succeeds Act (20 USC 7801), that relates to the instruction of students with disabilities and is designed for educators who work primarily outside the area of special education.

TSBVI is required to provide such training only if the educator does not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the individualized education program developed for a student receiving instruction form the educator.  The School may determine the time and place at which the training is delivered.

In developing or maintaining such training, TSBVI must consult persons with expertise in research-based practices for students with disabilities, including colleges, universities, private and nonprofit organizations, regional education service centers, qualified School personnel, and any other persons identified as qualified by the School.

Education Code 21.451(d)(2), (e)-(f)

Suicide Prevention

Staff development must include suicide prevention training to all new TSBVI educators and other direct care staff on an annual basis, as part of a new employee orientation and to existing School educators on the following schedule adopted by TEA rule:

  1. Provide the training to all educators and direct care staff as a part of employee orientation at least once.
  2. Each subsequent school year, provide the training to all new educators and direct care staff as a part of new employee orientation.

The suicide prevention training must use a best practice-based program recommended by the Texas
Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) in coordination with TEA.  The training may be satisfied through independent review of suicide prevention training material that complies with guidelines developed by TEA and is offered online.

Suicide prevention training that was provided to existing educators by TSBVI on or after September 1, 2013, may be used to meet the requirements if the training program is on the recommended best practice-based list, or is an online program that meets the TEA guidelines for independent review.

The School shall maintain records that include the name of each educator who participated in the training.

Education Code 21.451(d)(3)-(d-2); 19 TAC 153.1013

Mental Health Support Programs

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with TEA and regional education service centers (ESCs), shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices in the areas specified below for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. TSBVI may select from the list a program or programs appropriate for implementation:

  1. Early mental health intervention;
  2. Mental health promotion;
  3. Building skills related to managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making;
  4. Substance abuse prevention and intervention;
  5. Suicide prevention;
  6. Grief-informed and trauma-informed practices;
  7. Positive behavior interventions and supports and positive youth development; and
  8. Safe, supportive, and positive school climate.

“School climate” means the quality and character of school life, including interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures, as experienced by students enrolled in the School, parents of those students, and personnel employed by TSBVI.

The programs on the list must include components that provide for training counselors, teachers, nurses, administrators, and other staff, as well as security officers and social workers who regularly interact with students, to:

  1. Recognize students at risk of committing suicide, including students who are or may be the victims of or who engage in bullying;
  2. Recognize students displaying early warning signs and a possible need for early mental health or substance abuse intervention, which warning signs may include declining academic performance, depression, anxiety, isolation, unexplained changes in sleep or eating habits, and destructive behavior toward self and others; and
  3. Intervene effectively with students described above by providing notice and referral to a parent or guardian so appropriate action, such as seeking mental health or substance abuse services, may be taken by a parent or guardian.

Required Training

TSBVI shall provide training described in components 1-3, above for teachers, principals, and all other appropriate personnel.  The School may use a program from the DSHS list above to satisfy the training requirements.

TSBVI is required to provide the training in the elementary school only to the extent that sufficient funding and programs are available.  The School may implement a program on the list described at Health and Safety Code 161.325 to satisfy the training requirements. [See FFB]

If TSBVI provides the training, a School employee must participate in the training at least one time, and the School shall maintain records that include the name of each employee who participated in the training.

Health and Safety Code 161.325

Child Abuse and Maltreatment

Methods for increasing awareness of issues regarding sexual abuse and other maltreatment of children [see BQ, School improvement plan, and FFG] must address employee training.

The training must be provided as part of employee orientation to all new employees. The training may be included in staff development under Education Code 21.451.

The training shall address:

  1. Factors indicating a child is at risk for sexual abuse or other maltreatment;
  2. Likely warning signs indicating a child may be a victim of sexual abuse or other maltreatment;
  3. Internal procedures for seeking assistance for a child who is at risk for sexual abuse or other maltreatment, including referral to a social worker, or another mental health professional;
  4. Techniques for reducing a child’s risk of sexual abuse or other maltreatment; and
  5. Community organizations that have relevant existing research-based programs and that are able to provide training or other education for employees, students, and parents.

TSBVI shall maintain records of the training that include the name of each employee who participated.

If TSBVI determines that the School does not have sufficient resources to provide the required training, the School shall work with a community organization to provide the training at no cost to TSBVI.

Education Code 38.0041

Human Trafficking

TSBVI will train nurses, school counselors, social workers, administrators and teachers to identify and assist victims of human trafficking, including referral for services.

Gov’t Code 402.035

Student Discipline

Each principal or other appropriate administrator who oversees student discipline shall, at least once every three school years, attend professional development training regarding Education Code Chapter 37, Subchapter G. The professional development shall include training relating to the distinction between a discipline management technique used at the principal’s discretion under Education Code 37.002(a) and the discretionary authority of a teacher to remove a disruptive student under Education Code 37.002(b) [see FOA].

The professional development training may be provided in coordination with an education service center through the use of distance learning methods, such as telecommunications networks, and using available TEA resources.

Education Code 37.0181

Special Programs Training

Texas Adolescent Literacy Academies

A teacher shall attend a Texas adolescent literacy academy under 19 Administrative Code 102.1101 if:

  1. The teacher teaches at a campus that receives a rating that reflects unacceptable performance and that fails to meet the state system safeguard performance target in reading for one or more student groups; and
  2. The teacher teaches in general education, special education, or English as a second language for students in grade 6, 7, or 8, and:
    1. The teacher is a certified, full-time English language arts and reading teacher who instructs English language arts and/or reading for at least 50 percent of the teacher’s instructional duties; or
    2. The teacher is a certified, full-time content area teacher who instructs mathematics, science, and/or social studies for at least 50 percent of the teacher’s instructional duties.

A teacher described above is required to complete the training not later than December 31 of the calendar year in which the rating that reflects unacceptable performance is assigned.

A teacher who is required to attend an academy is eligible for a teacher stipend upon completion of face-to-face training if funds have been appropriated and are available for that purpose.  A teacher who completes online training is not eligible for a stipend.

The stipend shall not be considered in determining whether a district is paying the teacher the state minimum monthly salary [See DEA and DEAA].

Each school with teachers required to attend and complete Texas adolescent reading academies must maintain records to verify teacher attendance and completion in accordance with the School’s record retention policy.

Education Code 21.4551(c), (e); 19 TAC 102.1101

Automated External Defibrillators

TSBVI shall annually make available to employees and volunteers instruction in the principles and techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The instruction provided in the use of AEDs must meet guidelines for approved AED training under Health and Safety Code 779.002.  Each school nurse, assistant school nurse, athletic coach or sponsor, physical education instructor, cheerleading coach, and any other employee specified by the commissioner, and each student who serves as an athletic trainer, must:

  1. Participate in the instruction; and
  2. Receive and maintain certification in the use of an AED from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or a similar nationally recognized association.

Education Code 22.902

Extracurricular Activity Safety Training

The following persons must satisfactorily complete the extracurricular safety training program developed by the commissioner:

  1. A coach or sponsor for an extracurricular athletic activity;
  2. A trainer, unless the trainer has completed the educational requirements for licensure as a licensed athletic trainer set forth at 22 Administrative Code 871.7 and the continuing education requirements at 22 Administrative Code 871.12; and
  3. A physician who is employed by TSBVI or who volunteers to assist with an extracurricular athletic activity, unless the physician attends a continuing medical education course that specifically addresses emergency medicine.

The training may be conducted by TSBVI, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or a similar organization, or by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

Education Code 33.202(b), (f); 19 TAC 76.1003

Records

 The Superintendent shall maintain complete and accurate records of the School’s compliance with professional development and TSBVI shall make available to the public proof of compliance and staff qualifications for each person employed by or volunteering for the School who is required to receive safety training.

Education Code 33.206; 19 TAC 76.1003(e)

Steroids

TSBVI shall require that each employee who serves as an athletic coach at or above the seventh grade level for an extracurricular athletic activity sponsored or sanctioned by the UIL complete:

1.   The educational program developed by the UIL regarding the health effects of steroids; or

2.   A comparable program developed by the School or a private entity with relevant expertise.

Education Code 33.091(c-1)

Concussions

At least once every two years, the following employees shall take a course from an authorized provider in the subject matter of concussions:

  1. A coach of an interscholastic athletic activity shall take a course approved by the UIL.
  2. An athletic trainer who serves as a member of TSBVI’s concussion oversight team shall take a course approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) or a course approved for continuing education credit by the licensing authority for athletic trainers.
  3. A licensed health-care professional, other than an athletic trainer, who serves as a member of a district’s concussion oversight team shall take a course approved by the UIL, TDLR, or the appropriate licensing authority for the profession.

The employee must submit proof of timely completion of an approved course to the Superintendent or designee.  A licensed health-care professional who is not in compliance with these training requirements may not serve on a concussion oversight team in any capacity. [See FM]

Education Code 38.158

RESOURCES FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT

If the School receives resources from the commissioner's staff development account, it must pay to the commissioner for deposit in the account an amount equal to one-half of the cost of the resources provided to the School. 

Education Code 21.453(b)

Adopted:         3/7/80

Amended:       7/12/85, 10/25/85, 1/14/88, 9/15/88, 1/26/90, 9/27/90, 9/27/91, 5/26/94, 11/14/97, 1/24/02, 1/31/03, 5/25/05, 8/9/18

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