Professional Development

Additional P.D. Funds (Pre-approval required)

Besides the Joint ATA/Horizon P.D. fund, which all Horizon teachers have access to under the collective agreement, there are a number of additional P.D. funds that teachers need pre-approval to access (These are located below).

Division Approved: All Must Have Pre-Approval

Use Online Forms found under the Jurisdiction Funded PD Pre-approval Forms tab below for pre-approval. Submit hard copy Claim Form following P.D. Activity

Name: Superintendent Approved P.D.
Access: Primarily initiated at division office, but principals & support staff may make requests.
Application: To Superintendent, Wilco Tymensen

Name: Curriculum P.D.
Access: Some school division directed; teachers also have access through application.
Application: To Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Amber Darroch

Name: Inclusive Education

Access: Classroom Support Teachers and teachers with special needs students.
Application: To Director of Learning, Robbie Charlebois

Name: PUF and Kindergarten Mild and Moderate

Access: School Division directed
Application: To Supervisor of Early Learning, Andra Johnson

Name: Induction Program
Access: School Division directed
Application: To Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Amber Darroch

In order to acquire pre-approval of any of the above P.D. funds please click on the appropriate link below and submit the request and wait confirmation of approval via email.

Realize that you are able to combine P.D. sources. If a staff member chooses to combine funds from different sources, Pre-Approval (Division Approved P.D. only) and Claim Forms (ALL P.D. - with attached receipts) must be forwarded to appropriate personnel designated to approve.

Besides the Joint ATA/Horizon P.D. fund, which all Horizon teachers have access to under the collective agreement; there are a number of additional P.D. funds that teachers need pre-approval to access. Once pre-approval has been acquired and expenses incurred staff should access the following expense claim forms for reimbursement.

  • Travel expense claim form: This form should be used to acquire reimbursement for distances traveled to and from meetings (not PD). These forms should be submitted at months end. Horizon does not however normally distribute cheques under $20 and so staff are asked to keep these forms till $20 or more of expenses have been incurred and then submit them. If staff have not or will not incur more than $20 worth of expenses by the school year end staff are asked to submit the forms in June for reimbursement. (Note: Staff should see the links at the top of the page to determine distances traveled and mileage determination criteria)

  • P.D. expense claim form: This form should be used for expenses incurred for P.D. activities. (Note: Staff should see the links at the top of the page to determine distances traveled and mileage determination criteria)

Joint ATA/Horizon P.D. funds

Normally teachers utilize their joint ATA/Horizon P.D. funds first.

Purpose: To provide individual teachers with P.D. opportunities based on the teacher’s own growth plans and professional needs.
Amount: $50,000
Access: Each teacher has access to a yearly allocation that may be accumulated to a preset maximum.
Application: To A.T.A. rep at each school for submission to committee. Use Horizon /A.T.A. P.D. forms.

These funds do not require pre-approval to access. Teachers simply acquire permission to be absent from school in order to attend a P.D. opportunity from their principal and upon return submit their joint ATA/Horizon P.D. Expense Claim Form to their ATA P.D. rep within their school and this individual will take it to the ATA P.D. committee for reimbursement. Your ATA P.D. rep within your school should know how much money and how many sub days you have left in your account.

Reimbursement

If you are seeking reimbursement from your joint ATA/Horizon P.D. fund, please note that these funds do not require pre-approval to access. Teachers simply acquire permission from their principal to be absent from school in order to attend a P.D. opportunity and upon return fill in the joint ATA/Horizon PD Expense Claim Form. The original signed form along with receipts should be submitted to the ATA P.D. rep within the school and this individual should then take it to the ATA P.D. committee for reimbursement. Your ATA P.D. rep within your school should know how much money and how many sub days you have left in your account.

Jurisdiction Funded PD Pre-approval Forms

Reimbursement Information

Realize that you are able to combine P.D. sources. If a staff member chooses to combine funds from different sources, Pre-Approval (Division Approved P.D. only) and Expense Claim Forms - with attached receipts) (ALL P.D.) must be forwarded to appropriate personnel designated to approve.

Realize how mileage distance travelled is determined. The mileage claim criteria page outlines how distances and travel expenses incurred should be calculated and the distance travelled chart shows distances that should be used whenever possible.

School Decentralized P.D. funds

Schools have also been provided with P.D. funds in their decentralized accounts. These amounts are administered via individual schools and teachers and assistants should discuss access and reimbursement requirements with their principal.

For reimbursement for expenses incurred during P.D. opportunities that fall under the schools decentralized P.D. fund Teachers and assistants should contact their principals since these amounts are administered via individual schools.

Decentralized - School Approved

Name: School Based P.D.
Purpose: For support staff P.D. and to support school-wide P.D. involving all staff,and administrators P.D. that focuses on school administration
Access: Decentralized to schools
Application: Administered by principals; monitored by division office