We are committed to promoting the continuous professional growth of all school district employees. District and building-based initiatives, workshops, committees and meetings are electronically submitted and posted on the Frontline professional development tracking system.
Some PD offerings are available to non-BPS employees. Please call 952-681-6482 to check availability and register.
The purpose of the Bloomington Learning Summit is to enhance the skills of BPS staff, drawing on the professional expertise of BPS employees as well as local and national experts to further develop knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- culturally responsive teaching
- social and emotional learning
- student-centered teaching and learning
The institute also provides opportunities for staff to meet relicensure requirements.
Bloomington Public Schools
Educational Services Center
1350 W. 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
Who Should Attend
- Teachers and licensed staff (including special education and community education).
- Paraprofessionals, bus drivers, health associates, OEE, etc.
- Bloomington-based non-public teachers as space allows.
Bloomington Learning Summit offers...
- Paid professional development (for Bloomington Public Schools employees). BPS employees will be paid for up to two days of sessions or participation in one cohort; additional days will not be paid but teachers will still receive clock hours.
- A local opportunity for relicensure hours.
- Opportunities for teachers to enhance their skills.
- Opportunities for staff to present and share their expertise.
- A focus on the essential skills we want our teachers to have.
Educational Services Center
District Program Goals
The Bloomington Mentor Program was established in 1989 to unite experienced and newly hired teachers in making the transition from theory to practice. The program works toward these goals:
- To become knowledgeable about resources, procedures, curricula and needs of students in the Bloomington Schools.
- To develop and refine the skills related to: classroom management, school/home communication, diversity, effective instruction, the Bloomington curriculum and Minnesota Graduation Standards.
- To gain confidence and competence as an educator.
- To be open to feedback from the mentor(s).
- To be receptive to collegial support.
- To identify a personal professional development plan.
- To further develop the ability to reflect on one's own teaching.
First-Year Mentoring Program
Monthly seminars for ongoing staff development:
- Annual theme (Classroom Management via Research-based/Best Practices Instructional Strategies)
- District mentors coordinate monthly meetings for active teacher engagement
District mentors observe teachers in classroom setting, including:
- Three formal observations, plus pre or post conferencing - except for elementary specialists (phy. ed., art, music, media), who receive two formal observations, plus post conference
- Multiple informal visits
- Facilitate reflective dialogue on instructional strategies
District mentors provide on going support:
- Find resources
- Help with lesson planning
- Team teach – when appropriate
- Make connections
- Document support
- Write letters of recommendations
Second Year Mentoring Program
The Second Year Program will focus heavily on reflection. The second year teacher will be given the opportunity to observe district colleagues in their classrooms and to reflect on their experiences with their mentor, who will accompany them to the observations.
Teacher Evaluation Coordinator
Elementary District Instructional Mentor
Secondary District Instructional Mentor
Student Services District Instructional Mentor
The Professional Development Fund (PDF) is a sum of money available for professional development for all Bloomington Federation Teachers. The goals of the PDF are to:
- provide opportunities for teachers to continue their professional development.
- provide time and support for teachers to improve student learning.
- foster sharing and collaboration.
- create new models of instruction.
PDF Fund Overview
- Workshops, conferences, curriculum writing, site visits, any professional activity germane to your current teaching assignment is eligible for consideration. Any request that relates to your personal, professional growth will be considered.
- Preference is given to applications for local opportunities. Applicants who wish to attend an out of state event should explain why this experience is unique and not available in Minnesota. We do have a transportation expense cap and a per person expense cap.
- Applicants should request funds from their site Staff Development committee first to cover the cost of subs. If the request is denied, the applicant should state this on the form and add the cost of the sub to their total. A reserve teacher costs $125 per day.
- PDF covers member rates only. If the applicant is not a member of the group they should pay to become a member or cover the difference in rates.
- PDF does not limit the number of people that can attend a metro area conference, but does limit the number of people for out-of-state conferences. There also may be a limit of available reserve teachers.
- PDF does not cover any food/beverage/meal costs.
- PDF does not cover anyone who is not a member of the BFT or on a teacher contract (i.e. paraprofessionals, etc.)
Jennie Berglund, OGMS - Co-chair
Evan Ziegler, VVMS - Co-chair
Dave Mousel, JHS
Tim Suzuki, Q-Comp Coach
Kit Lowen, IM
Wendy Marczak, RV and BFT President
Bloomington Public Schools Employees and External Teachers
- Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB): Licensing and renewal information.
- View the list of available staff development in the BPS Frontline course catalog.
The Bloomington Public Schools Continuing Ed/Relicensure Committee meets once a month during the school year to approve clock hour requests and to recommend relicensure. Clock hours are hours for actual participation in planned professional development. Clock hours are granted for experiences that help maintain and improve professional skills and abilities.
2019-20 Relicensure Committee Schedule
- Sept 26, 2019
- Oct. 24, 2019
- Dec. 12, 2019
- Jan. 23, 2020
- Feb. 27, 2020
- March 19, 2020
- April 16, 2020
- May 21, 2020
If you have questions that are not answered after reading through the License Requirements at PELSB (select License and Permission Types) contact Carla Richter at email@example.com or the Relicensure Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.