Training and Development

  • Everyday, Bismarck Public School staff create the environments and experiences that lead to student wellbeing and academic success. There is no other institution where continuous learning and modeling is more important than education.

    The Staff Development Site - Tracker (accessible to the right) is used for entering courses one wishes to offer to others, entering private courses for documentation and lane change purposes, and where all staff register for district approved learning opportunities. [Login using your email username and password].

    Our staff development strategy recognizes a variety of modes for learning while at the same time focuses group and individual efforts toward the accomplishment of our district continuous improvement plan (Balanced Scorecard). 

Forms and Resources

  • Training/Substitute Teacher Documentation
    BPS staff that attend a training and/or perform group work need to fill out this form. This form will track any subs that were needed for work done during the work day and will also track work done outside the contracted work day for staff to receive additional payments. This form is to track attendance at trainings for payment purposes and will be used as backup for district audit purposes.

    Staff Development Guidelines for Offering a Class
    Staff development and the BPS Staff Development Tracking system apply to all employees in our district. Staff development that is planned and focused on the strategic goals of the district is important for continued growth. This guide provides information and timelines for planning/offering staff development. All staff development opportunities spanning over one hour in length must be entered and registered for though the Staff Development Tracking (SDT) system.

    Compensation Prior Approval Form
    Document includes the Staff Development Preparation and Presentation Time Log Request for payment.

Graduate Credit Information

  • Registering with Bismarck Public Schools is the first step to documenting your development pathway. However, if the class in which you are interested has a graduate credit option you may need to register again through the credit granting institution. Any special graduate credit registration instructions should be noted in the class description. Below are links to additional information supplied by the various universities and providers.


    Connect ND 

    North Dakota State University System Portal for Student Grades and Transcripts. Use this to download your grades for submission into the Staff Tracker.

    *Individuals should call the NDUS Helpdesk for assistance with their login information:
    1-866-457-6387

    My Umary (link)

    The University of Mary portal for unofficial transcripts, course history, class assignments, final grades, class schedules, syllabi, and campus and course announcements etc. Use this to download your grades for submission into the Staff Tracker.

    *Individuals should call 701-255-7500 for assistance with their login information.

    North Dakota State University (NDSU) (link)

    Use this online form to register and pay for credit that is being offered through NDSU. This includes EduTech classes (when you receive notification that you have enough hours for a credit).

    Contact NDSU at 1-800-726-1724 if you have questions or encounter registration problems.

    University of North Dakota (UND) (link)

    Use this web site to register and pay for credit for district study groups and staff development workshops approved for UND credit. Registration will be open until the last day of the workshop at midnight.

    Contact UND at 1-800-CALLUND if you have questions or encounter registration problems.

    National Student Clearinghouse
    Transcript Ordering Center

     

     

Staff Development Website - Tracker

Lane Change Information

  • Deadlines:

    2nd Tuesday in September
    2nd Tuesday in January

    Staff Development Tracker Steps for Adding a Personal Class (Lane Change) The following four documents provide step-by-step instructions for gaining personal class approval, uploading completion evidence, and submitting for a lane change.

    Steps for submitting classes - evidence of completion and requesting lane changes.  Link to iVisions - go to HR/Payroll forms.

    Request A Lane Change
    ** This step MUST be completed.

    Request for lane change are submitted via the following form. All course documentation must be uploaded into your staff development tracker account prior to this request. Lane changes are verified shortly after each deadline.


    *Note: You must be logged into your BPS Google Apps account to complete this request. If you are not seeing a form and you are prompted with a message that says you need permission, you are trying to access the form with an @gmail.com email address instead of your BPS Google Apps account. 

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Advanced Degree Program - Notification and Assistance

  • Teachers

    Advanced Degree Notification 
    An acceptance letter along with a plan of study are requested to be sent to the HR office through Talent Ed Records (see instructions below):

    • Go to Talent Ed Records
    • Login (same as your BPS email)
    • Click on "Blank Docs" (top tool bar)
    • Advanced Degree Notification - HR (document name)
    • Choose "add as an e-form"
    • Complete the form
    • Attach the acceptance letter
    • Attach the plan of study (course syllabus)
    • Hit "Save Final" at the bottom of the page

    All coursework must be a part of a course of study for an advanced degree.

    **Any additional work on your advanced degree or time away from your current position, must be after work hours or personal leave must be taken. 

    Advanced Degree Assistance
    Updated transcripts are requested to be uploaded along with the reimbursement form through Talent Ed Records (see instructions below):

    • Go to Talent Ed Records
    • Login (same as your BPS email)
    • Click on "Blank Docs" (top tool bar)
    • Advanced Degree Assistance - HR (document name)
    • Choose "add as an e-form"
    • Complete the form
    • Attach the updated transcripts
    • Attach the completed assistance form
    • Attach the account course and fee statement
    • Hit "Save Final" at the bottom of the page

    Graduate Credit Assistance Form

    The District's educational assistance for any course cannot exceed the cost for the credits received.  The amount to attach credit charged by the college is not reimbursable.

    The maximum amount that can be received during any five-year period is three thousand six hundred dollars ($3,600) - 18 credits ($200/credit).

    **Any additional work on your advanced degree or time away from your current position, must be after work hours or personal leave must be taken. 

     

    Professional Support Staff

    Professional Support Staff will be reimbursed for continuing education and fees for filing with certification agency or licensing board under the following conditions:

    • The position requires an individual to have a specific licensure, certification, etc. This would include School Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and any other professional support staff positions required to have a license or certification.
    • To be eligible for reimbursement, all course work or other continuing education must receive prior approval of the program manager or building principal.
    • May be reimbursed for graduate courses or workshops, which meet the requirements of the professional licensing/certification board or agency.
    • Reimbursement will be for the actual cost of the workshop or tuition and filing fees required by the respective board. The District’s reimbursement cannot exceed the actual cost of credits or ceu’s received.
    • Individuals do not have to be enrolled in an advanced degree program to receive reimbursement.
    • For each additional 15 graduate credits, 225 ceu’s or a combination of the two taken after June 1, 1999, professional support staff employees will be paid one-time bonuses of $1,800.

    • Go to Talent Ed Records
    • Login (same as your BPS email)
    • Click on "Blank Docs" (top tool bar)
    • Professional Support Staff Credit Assistance (document name) or Professional Support License Cost Reimbursement
    • Choose "add as an e-form"
    • Complete the form
    • Attach the updated transcripts
    • Attach the completed assistance form
    • Hit "Save Final" at the bottom of the page

    Professional Support Staff Credit Assistance Form