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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 3
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: July 12, 2006
RE: Per Pupil Professional Development Funds
The FY ’07 (for 2006-2007) 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. Legislation has been passed that permits me to re-allocate half the funds for regional professional development; however, after meeting with the Executive Board of MSSA, I am committed to gathering data before doing so. Consequently, for FY ’07, PPPD funds will be continue to be available to all public school administrative units. Each school administrative unit must decide if it wants to receive the funds individually ($7.00 per pupil enrollment) or as part of a collaboration ($9.03 per pupil enrollment). Enrollment is based on October 2005 data. The per pupil allocations have been reduced as part of the recent State budget deliberations. These funds will also be reduced next year.
Some salient points relative to PPPD are:
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 of local assessments, the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) and SATs. 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 Barbara Moody (207) 624-6830 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 will assist you in providing effective professional development to support the implementation of Learning Results
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