Professional Development Units (PDUs) are an optional component of REACH, where self-selected teams develop a professional development plan based on the needs of both teachers in the group and the students they teach, and then document the application and impact of their PD on teaching and learning in the classroom. 

PDUs are designed to be a rigorous long-term study, in which teachers utilize a repeating cycle of engagement in PD/research, implementation in the classroom, data collection and evaluation. PDUs culminate in a presentation at the end of the year, where all team members will summarize the process and results. Team members must be willing to work closely together and devote time in and out of the classroom in order to successfully complete the process and earn the $1,500 stipend.

PDUs come in two varieties:

  1. Self-selected teams who follow the process outlined below
  2. Teams or individuals who complete Take One!. Take One! is a unique offering from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards where teachers prepare and submit one pre-selected video portfolio entry from one of the current certificate areas of National Board Certification. For more information, please see the REACH Take One! FAQ document.

PDU Resources:

Important Dates

Aug. 19 - PDU Online Application Available

Sep. 19 - Online Team PDU Application Due

May 2015 - Campus PDU Presentations

Take One!

Take One! is a unique offering from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) that provides for a standards-based approach for improving teaching practice and links student learning to effective instruction. Teachers prepare and submit one pre-selected video portfolio entry from any of the current certificate areas of National Board Certification. A teacher can later transfer the score if he or she pursues National Board candidacy within two years. Take One! is available to all teachers as well as induction or pre-service teachers, principals, administrators, professors in colleges of education and those who provide support for National Board Certification candidates. The only requirement is that educators have access to a preK-12 classroom in order to complete the portfolio entry.

Learn more about Take One!

For questions about Take One!, please contact:

Mary Tijerina, Professional Learning Specialist
Ph: 414-9560
Email: mary.tijerina@austinisd.org