(excerpted from The Guide for the Operation of Local and Regional Standards Boards, 2000)
An IPDP is an outline of professional development goals that are directly related to the Five Standards for Vermont Educators. The intent of an IPDP is to improve practice and student learning and to guide each educator's professional development for the ensuing relicensure period. The goals and corresponding professional development activities must be designed to result in new learning and growth for the educator. A portion of the IPDP must be connected to the school's initiatives for improving student learning. An IPDP must be well-planned and thoughtfully implemented. (IV, F and Appendix A)
The following are some suggestions and resources for educators to use when developing an IPDP:
a. Develop appropriate professional development goals using the 1999 Five Standards for Vermont Educator; administrators should use the competencies for school administrators.
b. Consider how IPDP goals will improve individual practice as well as implementation of Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities.
c. Consider how IPDP goals connect to the school's initiatives for improving student learning.
d. Consult with colleagues, especially those in like disciplines or who teach the same grade level(s) and those who have similar expertise and knowledge, teaching style, educational background, and professional history.
e. Review formal evaluations and annual goals and discuss your educational needs and aspirations with other colleagues and supervisors. Goals developed for another purpose such as supervision or evaluation may also be incorporated into an IPDP.
f. Continue implementing and researching knowledge and skills acquired at meaningful conferences and workshops. Consult the LSB/RSB Plan of Operation for the list of nontraditional professional development activities available for professional development.
g. Draw inspiration from professional journals and other educational publications.
h. Ask students to complete course evaluations or surveys and review them for insights on teaching and needed expertise.
i. Discuss Individual Professional Development Plans with colleagues and get their ideas for implementing them.
An IPDP must include focused goals that:
The relicensure portfolio must be presented in a clear and concise format. The physical presentation may be a 1-2 inch binder or an electronic or other suitable format.
VSBPE required components: