Please see below forms for professional development within the Melrose Public Schools.

Professional Development Handbook



Self-Directed Professional Development Form

A study group brings a collegial group of faculty together working on behalf of students. The goal of the study group is to improve instructional practices and/or student learning.
Criteria for a Study Group:
  • A minimum of 10 meeting hours or more (to earn 10 or more PDP’s)
  • A clear definition of the anticipated product to be produced to benefit students
  • A group facilitator and a minimum of 2 participants (including the group
  • facilitator)
  • A self-directed professional development proposal form submitted and approved
  • Record of study group attendance and hours


Guidelines for Curriculum Project

Administrators, curriculum leaders, and teachers can propose projects which enhance curriculum and instruction. The focus is on revision, design and implementation of curriculum and instructional material. Specific guidelines for outcomes will be developed. All curriculum and instructional development projects must be approved through the Director of Curriculum prior to the start of the projects. Application must be submitted by a Principal or Department Chair.


Documentation for Grouping Activities

wA minimum of 10 hours per topic is required for approval.
wFor recertification, Massachusetts D.O.E. regulations require educators to keep documentation of products/projects for the five-year cycle.
wPlease attach notification of approval for these activities and/or copies of PDP certificates, as applicable.
wAttach completed product documenting application of professional development.


Applications for Extension of Learning

¨ Educators who attend a professional conference may extend their learning by developing a documentable product/project.
¨ A minimum of 10 hours per topic is required for approval.
¨ For recertification, Massachusetts D.O.E. regulations require educators to keep documentation of products/projects for the five-year cycle.
¨ In order to receive PDPs, all extensions of learning must have prior approval by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.



Professional Development In District Course Proposal

As part of the overall professional development program effort, the Melrose Public Schools will support professional development activities offered by individual faculty. Staff members are encouraged to offer in-service workshops to their peers on topics of individual expertise. Proposals for workshops should be forwarded to the Director of Curriculum.