Title II - Professional Development
Title II Guidelines and Procedures
Title II: Preparing, Training and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and Principals
Title II, Part A--Preparing, Training, and Recruiting Teachers and School Leaders
The purpose of Title II-A is to provide grants to state education department and subgrants to school districts to:
- Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging state of academic standards
- Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders
- Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools
- Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders (Sec. 2001)
Private School Participation
States and districts receiving funds under Title II-A must provide equitable services to eligible teachers and administrators in private schools that address their needs in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 8501.
Professional Development activities may be carried out by state education departments or local school districts. In their applications to receive funding under this program from the U.S. Department of Education, state education departments must include an assurance that they will comply with Sec. 8501 regarding equitable services to private school children and teachers (Sec. 2101(d)(2(I)). Similarly, in their applications to receive funding from the state, school districts must also include an assurance that they will comply with the equitability provision found in Sec. 8501 (Sec. 2102(b)(2(E)).
Title II, Part A -- Funding Guidelines
- No public funds are distributed to private schools, only services and materials. No reimbursement to private schools is allowed.
- Title II-A funds can be used for professional development for teachers and staff, not student materials.
- The local school district retains control over the services provided to the private schools and teachers.
- These services must be supplemental, secular, neutral, and non-ideological and must focus on the promotion of academic achievement in one of the core content areas of reading, language arts, math, science, or social studies.
- Professional development must align to the needs of the private school educators. Services are based on the private school needs and can be provided in a variety of ways:
- participation in scheduled professional development at the school district
- qualified school district staff providing services to private school staff
- third party services (registration to conferences/workshops, presenter fees)
- expenses incurred attending conferences/workshops (in accordance with LPSB Travel Policy)
- professional development materials for trainings
- stipends for teachers to attend professional development offerings
- reimbursements to teachers/paraprofessionals for tuition/Praxis expenses (according to Federal Guidelines)
- Eligible activities
- Improving knowledge and skills of teachers and staff in core academic subjects
- Effective instructional strategies, methods, and skills
- Integrating technology into curricula
- Teaching students with different needs
- Methods to improve student behavior/classroom management
- Principal training
- Training in the use of data and assessments to improve instruction
Lafourche Parish School Board
Parochial School Title II Funding
Guidelines and Procedures
Registration fees for conferences/workshops must be paid to either the vendor or the individual participants (after attending the event). LPSB cannot reimburse schools for fees paid on behalf of
A “Parochial School Conference/Workshop Registration Request” must be submitted listing all participants who will be attending. Attached should be a completed registration form for each attendee. This needs to be done as soon as possible after the decision is made to attend so that a purchase order can be generated in enough time to submit registration prior to any deadlines. Once the purchase order is completed, LPSB will submit the registration forms, along with a copy of the purchase order, to the vendor.
OVERNIGHT TRAVEL – THESE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO EVENT
In-State Travel - Attendee must complete a “Request for Authorization of Out-of-Parish (Overnight) Travel” and a “Hotel Tax Exemption Form.” (When attending events utilizing Title II funds, parochial school employees are covered under the exemption afforded to LPSB as a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana. As such, Title II cannot reimburse state taxes on hotel stays. (Some hotels will remove all taxes incurred; others will only remove the state tax portion. If taxes appear on a hotel bill, please make sure that the type of tax is listed. (e.g. Occupancy Tax)
Out-of-State Travel – Out of State Travel has been SUSPENDED until further notice.
**NOTE: Out-Of-State Travel requires a written report (describing the manner in which time was spent during the trip) be submitted in order to receive reimbursement.
If a presenter is an employee of either Lafourche Parish School Board or the parochial school, the “Presenter Compensation Form” should be completed for payment. Otherwise, a bill for services rendered needs to be supplied to the district from the presenter.
These presenters are to be paid a rate not to exceed $30.00 per hour. Presenters may be paid for time spent on presentation preparation. This time is limited to 1 hour of prep time for each hour of presentation.
If an outside presenter is to be used for a professional development workshop, a Federal Programs Requisition must be submitted PRIOR to the workshop in order to generate a purchase order. Also, if Presenter has never been paid through our system a services contract new vendor request must be submitted. Presenter must submit an invoice for services in order to process payment.
Reimbursement of Personal Expenses
With prior approval LPSB will reimburse parochial school employees for expenses incurred while attending overnight conferences/workshops attended utilizing Title II funds. These expenses are reimbursed according to LPSB travel policy in accordance with federally mandated guidelines. Reimbursement shall be made using a “Request for Reimbursement” form.
All requests for reimbursements must have original receipts, approved travel request, agenda, and badge or certificate from the conference workshop attached to their request for reimbursement. A copy of the LPSB Travel Policy is included in your packet but general guidelines are as follows:
Mileage Round-trip mileage will be reimbursed at the approved LPSB rate (currently $.48 per mile)
Parking Actual cost of parking fee(s) with receipt or $5.00 without receipt
Per Diem $45 per day or $15.00 per meal
ELIGIBILITY FOR MEALS
Breakfast if travel begins on or before 6:00 am on the first day of travel and ends after 8:00 am on the last day of travel.
Lunch if travel begins on or before 11:00 am on the first day of travel and ends after 1:00 pm on the last day of travel.
Dinner if travel begins on or before 4:00 pm on the first day of travel and ends after 6:00 pm on the last day of travel.
Same day travel per diems are paid only if travel time exceeds 12 hours.
Stipends are paid to teachers attending professional development workshops outside of the regular school day. Stipend amounts are to be $25.00 per hour for certified teachers, $12.50 per hour for non-certified personnel. (Following LPSB established rates for stipends.) School must submit the following documentation for payment of stipends:
- Participant Compensation Form - Parochial Professional Workshop/In-service
- Sign-in sheet documenting participants and times of attendance
- Agenda for Workshop/In-service
Title II Funds can be used to reimburse teachers for Praxis exam registration and test fees and university registration fees but are limited to exams and courses that are completed to either fulfill federal highly qualified requirements or for non-certified classroom teachers to obtain certification in core content areas. (See Guidelines for Praxis-Tuition Reimbursement)
Teacher must submit the following documentation for reimbursement of tuition or Praxis fees:
- Completed Praxis/Tuition Reimbursement Form
- Copy of Praxis Score Report or University Grade Report
- Fee Statement that has a breakdown of charges listed and reflects payment made
Title II Reimbursement Forms