In order to elevate the role of professional learning in a manner that differentiates learning and provides a more personalized learning experience, Austin ISD is designating two Professional Learning Exchange Days (PLED) for exempt, campus-based professional staff members. Through PLED, two (2) non-duty days of professional learning that build capacity around the district focus areas may be exchanged for two (2) regular duty days. The focus areas for 2020-2021 are Literacy, Whole Child, Blended and Personalized Learning, and Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness. Twelve credits from any one or combination of these focus areas is acceptable.
Professional Learning Exchange Days are mutually beneficial to exempt staff and the district. The approach –
- Offers individual and campus empowerment and flexibility around professional learning.
- Sharpens the focus of professional learning around district initiatives and priorities.
- Encourages a variety of forms and structures for professional learning.
- Increases access to professional learning while reducing teacher time away from instruction and substitute costs.
To support a smooth implementation of Professional Learning Exchange Days, please take a moment to review the following tools and resources:
REMINDER: The deadline for staff to submit all PLED documentation is March 31, 2021.
- Professional Learning Exchange Days Guidelines 2020-21.
- When the learning opportunity is not listed in HCP (i.e., book studies, graduate work, conferences), staff will use the External Credit Request application available in HCP. Click here for a screencast of how to submit the External Credit Request.
- The Optional Employee PLED Approval Document may be helpful for campuses to track selected and approved learning opportunities.
- The FAQs will be updated with answers to questions that you have about Professional Learning Exchange Day. If you have any additional PLED questions, please use "Let's Talk" to ask your questions.
- HCP PLED-Eligible Courses Search Instructions.