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No, though forming a system now (so you have one in place once you *do* need to be tracking them) would be a wise practice, so when you do acquire professional licensure you have a good tracking method in place.
Assuming you have a single license, 150.
It really depends on your specific school, and your position within that school. For teachers, about 120. For guidance counselors, nurses, etc – these numbers sometimes come in much lower. Each person is unique; the best thing to do is to check your PDP folder/tracking system to ensure that you have something nearing 150 as you near the conclusion of your 5th year.
Chances are, you will need to accrue about 30 PDPs on your own to meet the DESE mandate of 150 PDPs every 5 years (assuming you attended *all* PDs offered by Chicopee Public Schools during the 5-year period in question).
Ideally, in year #1 – so you can make a plan and not get slammed having to come up with a ton of points in your final year. But definitely take a close look at the # of PDPs you have at the beginning of your 4th year, so you can make a plan for the coming 20 months to accrue what’s needed before the end of year 5.
Neither the state nor Chicopee tracks PDPs; it is the educator’s responsibility to keep meticulous records. Make sure you always get signed PDP slips (or agendas – more below) every time you participate in a PD, and file that information away!
Neither the state nor Chicopee will ask you for proof of your PDPs at the time of your renewal. Much like the IRS, the state conducts random “audits” of educators – and gives very little turnaround time to produce proof of PDPs.
Ultimately, anything that lends itself to expansion of your knowledge as an educator – in or out of your subject matter. This also includes the instruction of others. There is a wide range of PD activities that can qualify for PDPs, including (but not limited to):
For more, information – or if you have something you think qualifies which isn’t listed above – contact DESE or read their FAQ here:
It depends on the activity, who sponsors the activity, and if there is a follow-up component. For the most part, it breaks down like this:
Additional PDPs may be offered (1.5>2 PDPs per clock hour) for facilitating a PD or producing a follow-up component (something written or a presentation).
File the materials in your PDP folder, and give yourself credit for those PDPs according to the below.
You can contact DESE by phone or e-mail:
Licensure Hotline: 781-338-66000
DESE’s PD office: firstname.lastname@example.org