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Iowa Professional Development Model Technical Guide – This is a 129-page technical guide provides guidance and technical assistance for Iowa school districts to use when designing and supporting their District & Building-level Professional Development Plans.

District/Building Plan Template 

Professional Development Plan Template – All public school districts must use this template to submit a professional development plan as a component of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) as required by Iowa Code 257.6. The CSIP collected in the Consolidated Accountability and Support Application (CASA) and is due each year by September 15.

Workbook for Developing the District Professional Development Plan – The design of this Workbook is intended to use as a tool with a District Leadership Team to work through the pieces of a continuous improvement process and to facilitate the development of a succinct professional development plan. 

District/Building Profile: Iowa Professional Development Model

Rubric for Developing District/Building Profile – The purpose of the profile is to guide the district/building administrators, the Professional Development (PD) Leadership Team, and the PD provider in conducting an optional self-analysis of the effectiveness of their district/building professional development. By reviewing what is in place for PD at the district and building level, district leaders have an opportunity to make adjustments and add supports to ensure that the professional development provided to teachers results in improved instructional practices and increased student achievement. This rubric is offered as a tool to analyze and describe the status of PD plans, processes, and learning opportunities.

Provider Approval

Providers are those individuals, agencies, or organizations that serve the school district by providing long term, ongoing support for the District Professional Development Plan. This document explains the provider requirements and procedures for approval.


Application Form

Law and Guidance

Iowa Code section 284.6 – Teacher professional development

Extended Guidance on Practitioner Collaboration and Peer Review

Reference Guide for Required Staff Development – There are some types of training required for various school personnel that result from laws outside of education. In most instances, training sessions to meet these requirements would not be included in the District Professional Development Plan. This document provides guidance for topical or specific content intended for individuals with specialized assignments or roles that necessitate specific training.