Created by Section 3.5 of Senate Bill 474 (2015), the Advisory Task Force on Educator Professional Development will study issues relating to professional development of teachers, school administrators, and other educational personnel. By not later than December 31, 2016, the Task Force shall complete a final report with its findings and any recommendations, including, without limitation, recommendations regarding budgets, changes to regulations and legislation, and the adoption of statewide standards for professional development. This report must be distributed to the Governor, the State Board of Education, the Legislative Committee on Education and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for distribution to the next regular session of the Legislature.
The Advisory Task Force on Educator Professional Development members consist of:
(a) Two members of the State Board of Education, appointed by the President of the Board;
(b) Two members who are Senators, one of whom is appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate and one of whom is appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate;
(c) Two members who are members of the Assembly, one of whom is appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one of whom is appointed by the Minority Leader of the Assembly;
(d) One member who is a teacher, appointed by the Nevada State Education Association; and
(e) One member of the Statewide Council for the Coordination of the Regional Training Programs, appointed by the Chair of the Council.
The Task Force shall study:
- The cost of professional development for teachers and school administrators in this State and the use and availability of regional training programs created pursuant to NRS 391.512;
- Federal funding available for the professional development of teachers and school administrators in this State;
- The effectiveness of the manner in which professional development is delivered to teachers and administrators in this State;
- The standards and quality of professional development provided to teachers and school administrators in this State;
- The effectiveness of the programs for professional development provided to teachers and school administrators in this State;
- Professional development for paraprofessionals and other educational personnel; and
- The structure for the delivery of professional development.