Staff Professional Development

We are committed to promoting the continuous professional growth of all school district employees. District and building-based initiatives, workshops, committees and meetings are electronically submitted and posted on the Frontline professional development tracking system.

Some PD offerings are available to non-BPS employees. Please call 952-681-6482 to check availability and register.

PD Opportunities  BPS Q-Comp Site

The purpose of the Bloomington Learning Summit is to enhance the skills of BPS staff, drawing on the professional expertise of BPS employees as well as local and national experts to further develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • culturally responsive teaching
  • social and emotional learning
  • student-centered teaching and learning

The institute also provides opportunities for staff to meet relicensure requirements.

2020 Dates

June 16-18
Aug. 4-6

Interested in presenting?

Course proposals are due February 28.  The committee will review proposals and notify presenters of their acceptance by mid-March
Submit a course proposal.

Location 

Bloomington Public Schools
Educational Services Center
1350 W. 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

Who Should Attend

  • Teachers and licensed staff (including special education and community education).
  • Paraprofessionals, bus drivers, health associates, OEE, etc.
  • Bloomington-based non-public teachers as space allows.

Bloomington Learning Summit offers...

  • Paid professional development (for Bloomington Public Schools employees).  BPS employees will be paid for up to two days of sessions or participation in one cohort; additional days will not be paid but teachers will still receive clock hours.
  • A local opportunity for relicensure hours.
  • Opportunities for teachers to enhance their skills.
  • Opportunities for staff to present and share their expertise.
  • A focus on the essential skills we want our teachers to have.

Contact

Sue Solberg
Program Secretary
Educational Services Center
952-681-6482
ssolberg2@isd271.org

District Program Goals

The Bloomington Mentor Program was established in 1989 to unite experienced and newly hired teachers in making the transition from theory to practice. The program works toward these goals:

  1. To become knowledgeable about resources, procedures, curricula and needs of students in the Bloomington Schools.
  2. To develop and refine the skills related to: classroom management, school/home communication, diversity, effective instruction, the Bloomington curriculum and Minnesota Graduation Standards.
  3. To gain confidence and competence as an educator.
  4. To be open to feedback from the mentor(s).
  5. To be receptive to collegial support.
  6. To identify a personal professional development plan.
  7. To further develop the ability to reflect on one's own teaching.

First-Year Mentoring Program  

Monthly seminars for ongoing staff development:

  • Annual theme (Classroom Management via Research-based/Best Practices Instructional Strategies)
  • District mentors coordinate monthly meetings for active teacher engagement

District mentors observe teachers in classroom setting, including:

  • Three formal observations, plus pre or post conferencing - except for elementary specialists (phy. ed., art, music, media), who receive two formal observations, plus post conference
  • Multiple informal visits
  • Facilitate reflective dialogue on instructional strategies

District mentors provide on going support:

  • Find resources
  • Help with lesson planning
  • Team teach – when appropriate
  • Make connections
  • Document support
  • Write letters of recommendations

Second Year Mentoring Program

The Second Year Program will focus heavily on reflection. The second year teacher will be given the opportunity to observe district colleagues in their classrooms and to reflect on their experiences with their mentor, who will accompany them to the observations.

2018-2019 Handbook

BPS Q-Comp Site

Contacts

Kelley Spiess
Teacher Evaluation Coordinator
952-201-6243
kspiess@isd271.org

Andrew Bassani
Elementary District Instructional Mentor
952-806-8853
abassani@isd271.org

Susan Bianchi
Secondary District Instructional Mentor
952-806-7846
sbianchi@isd271.org

Chris Reano
Student Services District Instructional Mentor
952-681-6511
creano@isd271.org

Sue Solberg
Program Support
952-681-6482
ssolberg2@isd271.org  

The Professional Development Fund (PDF) is a sum of money available for professional development for all Bloomington Federation Teachers. The goals of the PDF are to:

  • provide opportunities for teachers to continue their professional development.
  • provide time and support for teachers to improve student learning.
  • foster sharing and collaboration.
  • create new models of instruction.

PDF Fund Overview

  • Workshops, conferences, curriculum writing, site visits, any professional activity germane to your current teaching assignment is eligible for consideration. Any request that relates to your personal, professional growth will be considered.
  • Preference is given to applications for local opportunities. Applicants who wish to attend an out of state event should explain why this experience is unique and not available in Minnesota. We do have a transportation expense cap and a per person expense cap.
  • Applicants should request funds from their site Staff Development committee first to cover the cost of subs. If the request is denied, the applicant should state this on the form and add the cost of the sub to their total. A reserve teacher costs $125 per day.
  • PDF covers member rates only. If the applicant is not a member of the group they should pay to become a member or cover the difference in rates.
  • PDF does not limit the number of people that can attend a metro area conference, but does limit the number of people for out-of-state conferences. There also may be a limit of available reserve teachers.
  • PDF does not cover any food/beverage/meal costs. 
  • PDF does not cover anyone who is not a member of the BFT or on a teacher contract (i.e. paraprofessionals, etc.)

How to Apply

PDF Committee:
Jennie Berglund, OGMS - Co-chair
Evan Ziegler, VVMS - Co-chair
Dave Mousel, JHS
Tim Suzuki, Q-Comp Coach
Kit Lowen, IM
Wendy Marczak, RV and BFT President

Bloomington Public Schools Employees and External Teachers

The Bloomington Public Schools Continuing Ed/Relicensure Committee meets once a month during the school year to approve clock hour requests and to recommend relicensure. Clock hours are hours for actual participation in planned professional development. Clock hours are granted for experiences that help maintain and improve professional skills and abilities.

2019-20 Relicensure Committee Schedule

  • Sept 26, 2019
  • Oct. 24, 2019
  • Dec. 12, 2019
  • Jan. 23, 2020
  • Feb. 27, 2020
  • March 19, 2020
  • April 16, 2020
  • May 21, 2020

If you have questions that are not answered after reading through the License Requirements at PELSB (select License and Permission Types) contact Carla Richter at crichter@isd271.org or the Relicensure Committee at relicensure@isd271.org.