(a) Teaching is a profession that directly correlates to the social and economic well being of a society and its citizens. Superior teaching is essential to a well-educated and productive populace. Strong academic leadership provided by principals and administrators skilled in modern management principles is also essential. The intent of this article is to recognize the value of professional involvement by experienced educators, principals and administrators in building and maintaining a superior force of professional educators and to establish avenues for applying this involvement.
(b) The general mission of the center is to advance the quality of teaching and management in the schools of West Virginia through: (1) The implementation primarily of statewide training, professional staff development, including professional staff development for at least teachers, principals and paraprofessionals and technical assistance programs and practices as recommended by the state board to assure the highest quality of teaching and management; and (2) the provision of technical and other assistance and support to regional and local education agencies in identifying and providing high-quality professional staff development, including professional staff development for at least teachers, principals and paraprofessionals, and training programs and implementing best practices to meet their locally identified needs. The center also may implement local programs if the state board, in its Master Plan for Professional Staff Development established pursuant to article two-i, chapter eighteen-a of this code, determines that there is a specific local need for the programs. Additionally, the center shall perform other duties assigned to it by law.
Nothing in this article requires any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(c) The Center for Professional Development Board is reconstituted, and all terms of members elected or appointed prior to the effective date of this section are expired. The center board shall consist of thirteen persons as follows:
(1) The Secretary of Education and the Arts, ex officio, and the state superintendent, ex officio, each of whom is:
(A) Entitled to vote; and
(B) A cochair of the board.
(2) Two members of the state board, elected by the state board;
(3) One person employed by West Virginia University and one person employed by Marshall University, both of whom are:
(A) Appointed by the president of the employing institution;
(B) Faculty in the teacher education section of the employing institution; and
(C) Knowledgeable in matters relevant to the issues addressed by the center;
(4) One regional education service agency executive director, elected by all of the regional education service agency executive directors;
(5) Three experienced educators, of whom one is a working classroom teacher, one is a school principal and one is a county administrator. All such educators are:
(A) Appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate;
(B) Experienced educators who have achieved recognition for their superior knowledge, ability and performance in teaching or management, as applicable; and
(C) Knowledgeable in matters relevant to the issues addressed by the center; and
(6) Three citizens of the state who are:
(A) Knowledgeable in matters relevant to the issues addressed by the center, including, but not limited to, professional development and management principles; and
(B) Appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(C) Not more than two such members may be residents within the same congressional district.
(d) Each appointment and election is for a two-year term. Such members may serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms.
(1) The state board shall elect another member to fill the unexpired term of any person who vacates state board membership.
(2) The regional education service agency executive directors shall elect an executive director to fill the unexpired term of any executive director who ceases to be employed in that capacity.
(3) Of the initial members appointed by the Governor, three are appointed for one-year terms and three are appointed for two-year terms. Each successive appointment by the Governor is for a two-year term. The Governor shall appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term of any vacancy in the appointed membership.
(4) The President of West Virginia University and Marshall University each appoints an employee to fill the unexpired term of any member who ceases to be employed by that institution.
(e) The Center for Professional Development Board shall meet at least quarterly and the appointed members shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their official duties from funds appropriated or otherwise made available for those purposes upon submission of an itemized statement therefor.
(f) The position of executive director is abolished. The Governor shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, a chief executive officer with knowledge and experience in professional development and management principles. Any reference in this code to the Executive Director of the Center for Professional Development means the Chief Executive Officer. From appropriations to the Center for Professional Development, the center board sets the salary of the chief executive officer. The center board, upon the recommendation of the chief executive officer, may employ other staff necessary to carry out the mission and duties of the center. The chief executive officer serves at the will and pleasure of the Governor. Annually, the center board shall evaluate the chief executive officer, and shall report the results to the Governor. The duties of the chief executive officer include:
(1) Managing the daily operations of the center;
(2) Ensuring the implementation of the center's mission;
(3) Ensuring collaboration of the center with other professional development providers;
(4) Requesting from the Governor and the Legislature any resources or statutory changes that would help in enhancing the collaboration of all professional development providers in the state, in advancing the quality of professional development through any other means or both;
(5) Serving as the Chair of the Principals Standards Advisory Council created in section two-c, article three of this chapter and convening regular meetings of this council to effectuate its purposes; and
(6) Other duties as assigned by the Governor or the center board.
(g) When practicable, personnel employed by state higher education agencies and state, regional and county public education agencies shall be made available to the center to assist in the operation of projects of limited duration, subject to the provisions of section twenty-four, article two, chapter eighteen of this code.
(h) The center shall assist in the delivery of programs and activities pursuant to this article to meet statewide, and if needed as determined by the goals and Master Plan for Professional Staff Development established by the state board pursuant to article two-i, chapter eighteen-a of this code, the local professional development needs of paraprofessionals, teachers, principals and administrators and may contract with existing agencies or agencies created after the effective date of this section or others to provide training programs in the most efficient manner. Existing programs currently based in agencies of the state shall be continued in the agency of their origin unless the center establishes a compelling need to transfer or cancel the existing program. The center shall recommend to the Governor the transfer of funds to the providing agency, if needed, to provide programs approved by the center.
(i) The Center for Professional Development shall implement training and professional development programs for the Principals Academy based upon the minimum qualities, proficiencies and skills necessary for principals in accordance with the standards established by the state board pursuant to the terms of section two-c, article three of this chapter.
(j) In accordance with section two-c, article three of this chapter, the center is responsible for paying reasonable and necessary expenses for persons attending the Principals Academy: Provided, That nothing in this section requires any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(k) Persons attending the professional development offerings of the center and other courses and services offered by the Center for Professional Development, except the Principals Academy shall be assessed fees which shall be less than the full cost of attendance. There is hereby created in the State Treasury a special revenue account known as the Center for Professional Development Fund. All moneys collected by the center shall be deposited in the fund for expenditure by the center board for the purposes specified in this section. Moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year are subject to reappropriation by the Legislature.
(l) The center board shall make collaboration with the state board in providing professional development services in the following areas a priority:
(1) Services to those public schools selected by the state superintendent pursuant to section three-g, article two-e, chapter eighteen of this code; and
Subject to the provisions of article two-i, chapter eighteen-a of this code, through this project the Center for Professional Development shall:
(1) Identify, coordinate, arrange and otherwise assist in the delivery of professional development programs and activities that help professional educators acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, practices and other such pertinent complements considered essential for an individual to demonstrate appropriate performance as a professional person in the public schools of West Virginia. The basis for the performance shall be the laws, policies and regulations adopted for the public schools of West Virginia, and amendments thereto. The center also may permit and encourage school personnel such as classroom aides, higher education teacher education faculty and higher education faculty in programs such as articulated tech prep associate degree and other programs to participate in appropriate professional development programs and activities with public school professional educators;
(2) Identify, coordinate, arrange and otherwise assist in the delivery of professional development programs and activities that help principals and administrators acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices in academic leadership and management principles for principals and administrators and such other pertinent complements considered essential for principals and administrators to demonstrate appropriate performance in the public schools of West Virginia. The basis for the performance shall be the laws, policies and regulations adopted for the public schools of West Virginia, and amendments thereto;
(3) Serve in a coordinating capacity to assure that the knowledge, skills, attitude and other pertinent complements of appropriate professional performance which evolve over time in the public school environment are appropriately reflected in the programs approved for the education of professional personnel, including, but not limited to, advising the teacher education programs of major statutory and policy changes in the public schools which affect the job performance requirements of professional educators, including principals and administrators;
(4) Provide for the routine updating of professional skills of professional educators, including principals and administrators, through in-service and other programs. The routine updating may be provided by the center through statewide or regional institutes which may require a registration fee;
(5) Provide for the routine education of all professional educators, including principals and administrators, and those service personnel having direct contact with students on warning signs and resources to assist in suicide prevention under guidelines established by the state board. The education may be accomplished through self review of suicide prevention materials and resources approved by the state board. The provisions of this paragraph may be known and cited as the Jason Flatt Act of 2012;
(6) Provide consultation and assistance to county staff development councils established under the provisions of section eight, article three of this chapter in planning, designing, coordinating, arranging for and delivering professional development programs to meet the needs of the professional educators of their district. From legislative appropriations to the center, exclusive of the amounts required for the expenses of the principals academy, the center shall, unless otherwise directed by the Legislature, provide assistance in the delivery of programs and activities to meet the expressed needs of the school districts for professional development to help teachers, principals and administrators demonstrate appropriate performance based on the laws, policies and regulations adopted for the public schools of West Virginia; and
(7) Cooperate and coordinate with the institutions of higher education to provide professional staff development programs that satisfy some or all of the criteria necessary for currently certified professional educators to meet the requirements for an additional endorsement in an area of certification and for certification to teach in the middle school grades.
If the center is not able to reach agreement with the representatives of the institutions providing teacher education programs on which courses will be approved for credit toward additional endorsements, the state board may certify certain professional staff development courses to meet criteria required by the state board. This certification shall be done on a course-by-course basis.
(1) Training designed to build within principals the minimum qualities, proficiencies and skills that will be required of all principals pursuant to the rules of the State Board;
(2) Specialized training and professional development programs for all principals; and
(3) Specialized training and professional development programs for the following principals:
(A) Newly appointed principals;
(B) Principals whose schools have been designated as seriously impaired, which programs shall commence as soon as practicable following the designation;
(C) Principals subject to improvement plans; and
(D) Principals of schools with significantly different grade level configurations.
(b) The Legislature finds that the quality of the principal of a school is one of the most important factors in determining the academic achievement of students and that well-trained, highly qualified principals should be a priority for the state.
(b) The Legislature further finds that while the Principals Academy has been effective in training quality leaders for the state's public schools, the training provided is such a significant factor in determining their success that a new position is needed to coordinate and focus primarily on the Principals Academy to increase further the quality of the training.
(c) Therefore, from appropriations to the Center for Professional Development, the Center Board shall employ and fix the compensation of the Coordinator of the Principals Academy. The Coordinator serves at the will and pleasure of the Center Board. It is the duty of the Coordinator, subject to direction and oversight by the Center and the Chief Executive Officer, to lead the Principals Academy, to focus primarily on the Principals Academy and to make a continuous effort to enhance further the quality of the training and professional development programs of the Academy. The Center Board, the Chief Executive Officer, or both, may assign duties to the coordinator other than those that relate to the Principals Academy so long as the Coordinator is able to focus primarily on the Principals Academy.
Subject to the provisions of article two-i, chapter eighteen-a of this code, through this project the center shall:
(1) Establish programs that provide education and training in evaluation skills to administrative personnel who will evaluate the employment performance of professional personnel pursuant to the provisions of section twelve, article two of this chapter; and
There is established a West Virginia advanced placement center to provide statewide coordination for the continued growth and development of the advanced placement programs in West Virginia high schools. The center will assist the West Virginia department of education, county boards of education, institutions of higher education, the college board, inc., and the West Virginia advanced placement advisory council in all matters relative to the advanced placement in this state.
The specific functions of the center include:
(1) Coordinating advanced placement teacher training institutes;
(2) Establishing a cadre of instructors for the advanced placement teacher training institutes;
(3) Providing follow-up teacher training for advanced placement teachers;
(4) Identifying and obtaining external sources of funding;
(5) Networking advanced placement teachers through an advanced placement newsletter;
(6) Serving as a liaison for the college board and the West Virginia department of education, county boards of education, institutions of higher education, the West Virginia advanced placement advisory council, the Legislature and the governor;
(7) Conducting research and evaluating the state's advanced placement program;
(8) Assisting county boards of education and local schools in establishing, evaluating and maintaining advanced placement programs;
(9) Serving as a clearinghouse for advanced placement materials and correspondence; and
(10) Certify individual courses that meet the established standards of advanced placement programs.
Acts, 2013 Reg. Sess., Ch. 55.