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Sample IPDP Goals
  1. Demonstrate understanding and use of educational theory and/or philosophy.
  2. Become familiar with community resources in order to use them in the classroom.
  3. Develop strategies to improve the learning environment for all students.
  4. Become familiar with and increase technology in the classroom.
  5. Expand ways of working with special needs students.
  6. Acquire knowledge and appreciation of various cultures, and the ability to establish rapport with a diverse population of students and parents.
  7. Meet the needs of a diverse population.
  8. Gain knowledge of where and how to get needed information and how to educate students to seek and evaluate information.
  9. Increase understanding of age-appropriate and developmental characteristics of students.
  10. Acquire ability to recognize and respond to individual differences in students.
  11. Learn how to implement a variety of teaching methods that result in high student achievement.
  12. Develop strategies to manage groups of people.
  13. Obtain skills of working with parents, colleagues, support staff, and supervisors.
Do I need an IPDP and prior approval of my course work from the LPDC?
To ensure that all appropriate professional development activities may be considered to meet renewal requirements, the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) should be written and submitted to the LPDC for approval as soon as possible after the issuance of the license to be renewed. Once this is accomplished, the LPDC will be able to grant credit for professional development activities in accordance with the approved IPDP.

In accordance with the approved plan, the educator must complete one or some combination of the following:
  • Six semester hours of coursework related to classroom teaching or the area of licensure;
  • Eighteen Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (one hundred and eighty contact hours; or
  • Other equivalent activities related to classroom teaching or the area of licensure as approved by the LPDC since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

One of the major responsibilities of the Local Professional Development Committee is to review educators' Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) and ensure that the identified goals and strategies are relevant to the needs of the district, the school, the students and the educator. Such decisions will be based on the district's locally defined criteria. To ensure that educators engage in appropriate professional development activities, the IPDP must be submitted and approved prior to beginning the coursework or activities for which the educator seeks approval.
Important Notes
NOTE ON EXPIRED LICENSES
Renewal Requirements for Expired Licenses (and Certificates)
Professional and associate licenses that have lapsed for UP TO FIVE YEARS due to not meeting professional development requirements may be reinstated upon completion of the equivalent of nine semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom or the area of licensure since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

Professional and associate licenses that have lapsed for MORE THAN FIVE YEARS due to not meeting professional development requirements may be reinstated upon completion of the equivalent of 12 semester hours of coursework relevant to classroom or the area of licensure since the issuance of the license to be renewed.

RENEWAL
With the exception of the School Treasurer, all Ohio educator licenses have an
expiration date of June 30 of a given year. For the purpose of meeting professional development requirements, teachers must complete all requirements by Sept. 1 of the year of expiration. Individuals who do not meet professional development requirements and application submission deadlines will need to complete nine semester hours of coursework relevant to the classroom or the area of licensure since the original issuance of the lapsed licenses.

Tuition Reimbursement
The current policy states that when a teacher desires tuition reimbursement for classes taken, they must file a coursework proposal with the LPDC. When this coursework has been approved, the teacher can then request tuition reimbursment. The reimbursement form MUST be signed by any LPDC representative before giving the completed form to the Treasurer's Office for final approval. (It is possible for a teacher to send the partially completed reimbursement form with the coursework proposal to the LPDC meeting and have both signed at the same time.)

In addition to this language, the LPDC committee wishes to reiterate that the employee requesting tuition reimbursement is responsible for submitting the form to the Treasurer's Office. If the form was sent to the LPDC meeting with the coursework proposal, it will be returned to the employee for them to submit to the Treasurer's Office.
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