School District of Albany provides its teachers and staff with many
professional development opportunities throughout the school year and
during the summer. Many district staff expressed an interest and/or a
need for the various development programs offered.
complete list of the programs offered, please contact the office of the
assistant superintendents for elementary and secondary education at 475-6015.
Additionally, there are some professional development courses that are
mandated, such as training in Right-to-Know, Child Abuse, Substance
Abuse, and Project SAVE.
New York State Department of Labor
requires that all employees receive training in Hazard-Comm/Right-to-Know
and Blood borne Pathogens. This training is required.
The Board of Education is committed to the prevention of alcohol,
tobacco, and other substance use/abuse. On October 2, 1990, the board
adopted an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substance Use/Abuse Policy. This
policy provides for prevention, intervention, employee's assistance
program, disciplinary measures, and staff development.
the policy, the district requires employees to attend Substance Abuse
Training. It is a one-time required training.
and Maltreatment Prevention
The Board of Education recognizes that district employees who are in
constant contact with school-aged children are in a unique position to
identify abused or maltreated children.
the New York State Education Department's ruling, the district requires
all employees to attend this training. It is a one-time required
Pursuant to the requirement of the New York State Education Department's
legislation of Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act, SAVE,
school districts must provide--at a minimum--at least two hours of
coursework or training in school violence prevention and intervention.
professional staff must receive the two-hour training once in their
lifetime of employment with this district.
It is the
responsibility of the employee to attend the appropriate trainings.
Since these mandated trainings occur during non-working hours, all
employees will be credited with the required staff development hours; a
record of participation will be retained in employees' personnel files
and noted in their evaluation.