DMD(LOCAL) - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS AND VISITATIONS
Meetings, Conferences, and Workshops
Professional personnel may attend and participate in meetings, conferences, and workshops that will contribute to their professional growth and development. Attendance at a meeting, conference, or workshop may not be in conflict with the effective operation of the District or philosophy of the District's program. [See also DMA and DMC]
When attendance at such events is recommended or required by the administration, the Board, TEA, or UIL, personnel may attend with the Superintendent's approval. No salary deduction or loss of leave shall occur when attendance is recommended or required.
The Superintendent may grant additional absences to employees for attendance at meetings, conferences, and workshops that are of special interest to the employee.
Requests for release time with pay to attend employee organization meetings, other than any such meetings approved for required staff development purposes, shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. The responsibility for justifying the school-related purpose to be accomplished by attendance shall rest with the employee. Approval shall be given only if the employee is on the program, has some official function, or can obtain specific information related to his or her job description that will assist the District in improving the instructional program.