Beginning in Summer 2021, all In-Service Credit applications must be submitted through Teachpoint/VectorSolutions.
IN-SERVICE CREDIT GUIDE
Newton Public Schools, in collaboration with the Newton Teachers Association, recognizes the granting of In-service Credit as one aspect of the Newton Public Schools’ professional development program.
Our professional development program is intended to help educators continue to improve professional knowledge, instructional strategies and skills including data analysis, and work with colleagues to improve school climate and cultural responsiveness. The ultimate goal of professional development is academic excellence and equitable outcomes for all students, including those who have traditionally been underserved.
Newton Public Schools recognizes the importance of professional learning for educators in several ways, including
- providing time for system-wide professional learning within the contractual school day,
- emphasizing improving professional practice in the evaluation cycle through the rubrics and the annual setting of a Professional Practice Goal,
- providing the opportunity for a salary increase through transfer to higher training (also known as a lane change).
Transfer to Higher Training and Salary Increase
Fifteen graduate credits must be earned by an educator to apply for transfer to higher training and the accompanying salary increase. Up to six in-service credits can be used by educators as part of the required 15 graduate credits for each transfer (lane change).
Since in-service credits are equivalent to graduate credits in the lane change process, granting of in-service credit is limited to courses that are intensive in nature, with work or performance demands similar to those of an undergraduate or graduate school course, including expectations for outside-of-class work time. One in-service credit will be granted for every 15 hours of pre-approved professional learning. Professional Development Points (PDPs) may also be awarded for these activities.
Administrator Supervised Professional Learning
In-service credit can also be awarded under certain circumstances for work overseen by a Newton Public Schools administrator that contributes to the high functioning of a school or department. The participant must demonstrate his or her learning through a graduate level product that aligns with NPS, school or department goals.
In-service credits cannot be granted if the participant receives a stipend for participation in professional learning, the course or if the course takes place during regular work hours, including contractual professional development time.
In-service credit can also be awarded under certain circumstances for work overseen by an Newton Public Schools administrator that contributes to the high functioning of a school or department. The participant must demonstrate his or her learning through a product that can inform and be used by others interested in similar themes or outcomes.
TO APPLY FOR IN-SERVICE CREDIT
The Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning must approve all in-service credits that individual teachers or administrators wish to apply for transfer to higher training. Any professional learning project for which in-service credit is sought must be approved before it begins.
Applying for pre-approval of the proposed in-service credit course or project requires three steps:
- Discuss your proposal with the appropriate administrator (principal, department head, coordinator, program director) to verify that the proposed project fits with school and department priorities and goals.
- Prepare a syllabus that details the scope of the project, including readings, research, learning activities, time frame, and expectations for final product. Use the In-service Credit Syllabus Template format, or something similar, for the syllabus.
- Complete an application on Vector PD Tracker/TeachPoint and attach your syllabus.
TO BE AWARDED IN-SERVICE CREDIT
For Administrator Supervised Professional Learning: When professional learning is complete, submit proof of completion to the supervising administrator. Your administrator will then review materials and award in-service credit through Vector PD Tracker/ TeachPoint.
For Individual or Self-supervised Coursework and Professional Learning Projects: When the professional learning is complete, submit proof of completion to the Office of Teaching and Learning. The Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning will review materials and award in-service credits for those courses or projects that fulfill the requirements of the approved course or project.