Great Teaching and Leading Fund (SB 474)


Overview

I. Creates a new Fund in the General Fund (with $9.8 million of new funding provided over the biennium) to incentivize:  

  • Professional development for teachers, administrators and other licensed educational personnel; 
  • Programs of preparation for teachers, administrators and other licensed educational personnel; 
  • Programs of peer assistance and review for teachers, administrators and other licensed educational personnel; 
  • Programs for leadership training and development; and 
  • Programs to recruit, select and retain effective teachers and principals. 

    In the first year, the focus will be professional development for teachers to provide instruction in the new science standards, statewide implementation of the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF), teacher/principal recruitment, selection and retention, and leadership training and development. Beginning with the second year of the biennium (FY2017), the State Board will coordinate activities by prescribing annual priorities for the Fund, based in part on considerations of the assessment of the training needs of teachers and administrators made by the governing body of each regional training program for the professional development of teachers and administrators (RPDPs). Entities eligible to apply for grant funds include the RPDPs, school districts, charter school governing bodies, the State Public Charter School Authority, Nevada System of Higher Education institutions, employee associations representing licensed personnel, and nonprofit educational organizations.

      II.  Requires the board of trustees of each school district and the governing body of each charter school to ensure that teachers and administrators have access to high-quality, ongoing professional development concerning:

      • Academic standards adopted by the State Board, including, without limitation, the academic standards for science.   
      • Academic standards and curriculum in English language development and literacy. 
      • Curriculum and instruction required for courses of study in:  
        • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and  
        • English language development and literacy; and    
         
      • Cultural competency required to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of certain categories of pupils enrolled in the school, including, without limitation, pupils who are at risk, pupils who are limited English proficient, pupils with disabilities and gifted and talented pupils. 

        III. Creates the Advisory Task Force on Educator Professional Development to study certain 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 to be submitted to the Governor, the State Board of Education, the Legislative Committee on Education and the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for transmittal to the next regular session of the Legislature.  The report will include findings and recommendations regarding budgets, changes to regulations, and legislation and the adoption of statewide standards for professional development.

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