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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 85
POLICY CODE: GFC
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: June 16, 2003
RE: Per Pupil Professional Development Funds
The FY ’04 (for 2003-2004) application for the Per Pupil Professional Development (PPPD) funds to support the implementation of the Learning Results is available on the Department of Education’s website. All public school administrative units are eligible for these funds each year. Each school administrative unit must decide if it wants to receive the funds individually ($8 per pupil) or as part of a collaboration ($10 per pupil). Enrollment is based on October 2002 data.
Some salient points relative to PPPD are:
Ø All school administrative units must complete a PPPD application to receive the funds. This year’s application has a new page for reporting on use of the collaboration funds.
Ø Data regarding the use of last year’s funds are necessary for us to report to the Legislature.
Ø Applications will be accepted from now until November 1, 2003. The sooner the completed application is received, the sooner funds can be made available to you.
Although a needs assessment is not required as part of the application, school administrative units should review their No Child Left Behind needs assessment (especially for Title IIA) and other tools, such as results from the local assessment system and the MEA. Content-based professional development aligned with an articulated curriculum, appropriate instruction, necessary materials, and a comprehensive assessment system will lead to student achievement of the Learning Results.
Please direct any questions to Tom Keller at (207) 624-6828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The application and allocation spreadsheet are available at
http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/homepage.htm in two formats.
We hope that the application and information are clear and concise, and that the use of these funds assists you in the providing effective professional development to support the implementation of Learning Results.