BASD ACT 48 PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PLAN         

General Information

2007 - 2008

 

 

Activities Reported to PDE by Bellefonte Area School District
Activities Reported to PDE by Outside Providers
For more information about Act 48

 

 

1.      Act 48 of 1999 requires that professional educators complete 180 continuing education credit hours every five years.  Act 48 hours may only be reported to Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) by:  School Districts, Intermediate Units, PDE Approved Providers and nationally accredited colleges/universities.

 

2.      PDE requires that Act 48 credits/hours align with at least one of the following:

a.  Kind of certificate held

b.  Teaching assignment

c.  Content or pedagogy contributing to improved instruction

d.  School leadership/administrative studies

 

3.      For classroom teachers, school counselors, and educational specialists, PDE requires that Act 48 activities focus on at least one of the following:

a.  Enhancing the educator's content knowledge

b.  Increasing the educator's teaching skills

c.  Providing the educator with a variety of classroom-based assessment skills and the skills needed to analyze and use data in instructional decision-making

d.  Empowering the educator to work effectively with parent and community partners

 

4.      For school and district administrators and other educators seeking leadership roles, PDE requires that Act 48 activities focus on at least one of the following:

                                       a.  Providing the educator with the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically

                                       b.  Providing the educator with the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision making

                                       c.  Empowering leaders to create a culture of teaching and learning

                                       d.  Instructing the leader in managing resources for effective results.

 

5.   PDE will not permit Act 48 credit/hours to be earned through participation in the following types of activities:

  • Credits/hours outside of certification

  • Credits/hours outside of area of assignment

  • Personal growth activities (i.e. stress management, time management)

  • Credits/hours to work towards an alternative career

  • Hosting a student teacher or pre-student teacher

  • Presenting at conferences or workshops

  • Participating in independent studies

  • Health and wellness programs/activities

 

6.   Table 1Activities Reported to PDE by Bellefonte Area School District and Table 2Activities Reported to PDE by Outside Providers, describe how Act 48 hours are to be reported to ensure successful crediting of the hours earned by professional educators in the Bellefonte Area School District to the PA Department of Education. 

 

TABLE 1:  ACTIVITIES REPORTED TO PDE BY BELLEFONTE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

·    Participants will receive a letter of “completion” for any hours reported by Bellefonte Area School District to the PA Department of Education.

Activities Reported to PDE by BASD

Reporting Procedures

 1.  District provided in-service or professional development programs and activities that align with district's approved Professional Education Plan

a.     Attendees must sign the Act 48 Attendance Sheet (and sign out only if the end time is different than the time listed at the top of the form).

  b.  A signed evaluation must be completed at the conclusion of the program/activity.
 2  Formalized curriculum alignment project
     Formalized committee to develop district benchmarks and core assessments
     Formalized curriculum review committee
     Formalized school improvement committee
     Data analysis team training
     Effective and engaging instructional practices training
     Meeting the needs of diverse learners training

a.       Sign the attendance sheet provided by an administrator or committee chair.

b.       Complete and sign an evaluation at the committee’s last meeting.

  c.     Committee chair submits attendance sheets, evaluations, and a copy of the committee’s final product within 15 days of completion
 3.  Induction Program participation
      Effective mentoring training

a.       Sign the attendance sheet provided at each meeting.

  b.    Complete and sign the year-end program evaluation.

 

TABLE 2:  ACTIVITIES REPORTED TO PDE BY OUTSIDE PROVIDERS

 

Bellefonte Area School District will not be reporting Act 48 hours to PDE as described below:
 

Activities Reported to PDE by Outside Provider

Reporting Procedures

  In-state college or university

The college or university is responsible for reporting earned Act 48 hours to PDE.  Each institution has its own method for submitting hours.  The professional must initiate the Act 48 reporting by the institution.

 

(The district is not permitted to report hours earned at a college or university.)

  Out-of-state college or university

The professional educator must submit an official college-sealed transcript with a cover letter to: Department of Education, Division of Professional Education and Planning, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

 

(The district is not permitted to report hours earned at an out-of-state college or university.)

  Central Intermediate Unit 10 and other intermediate units

CIU 10  and all other intermediate units report all Act 48 hours to PDE.

 

(The district is not permitted to report hours earned through an intermediate unit.)

  Conferences, workshops, seminars sponsored by entities other than the Bellefonte Area School District

PDE Approved Act 48 Providers must report all Act 48 hours to PDE. 

 

(The district is not permitted to report hours earned at a conference, workshop, etc. that is sponsored by another Act 48 provider.)

 

6.      For more information:

a.       If you have questions about Act 48 reporting contact:

·    Dr. Cathy Brachbill, Director of Curriculum and Instruction (cbrachbi@basd.net)

·    Laurie Hancock, Administrative Assistant (lhancock@basd.net)

 

b.   To check total Act 48 hours reported to PDE:

·     https://www.perms.ed.state.pa.us/Screens/wfPublicAccess.aspx

 

e.       Act 48 Information is also available on the PA Department of Education website at:

·    http://www.teaching.state.pa.us/teaching/

 

e.       PDE Approved Providers:

·    https://www.perms.ed.state.pa.us/Screens/wfPublicAccess.aspx