AS OF 2017 ALL ALTERNATIVE EVENTS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING. Please review the FUNDING INFO PAGE before applying. Please check the STA Homepage to see if your event has already been pre-approved.
THIS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT LEAST 10 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR TO AN EVENT TO BE REVIEWED BY THE COMMITTEE. DO NOT REGISTER FOR EVENTS OR INCUR ANY COSTS PRIOR TO APPROVAL AS YOU MAY BE OUT OF POCKET.
Please remember that if your event falls on an instructional day, a Pro-D Leave form must be submitted to the STA Office. Note: (per policy) all members are charged a fee of $300/day, from the Collective Fund, for PRO-D Leave that occurs on instructional days.
Events NOT covered by policy: Books, videos, software and teaching materials that will be used directly in the classroom (e.g., workbooks, class sets of novels, newspapers, novels to be read out loud to the class, blackline masters, puzzle books, learning resources and equipment).
Personal Benefits: This includes what Canada Revenue Agency considers taxable benefits or allowances. Examples include electronic hardware, gym memberships, personal travel, or fees for personal hobbies.
Job Specific Training: It is the responsibility of the employer to provide time and in-service to address this training. Some, but not all, examples of job specific training are training in how to use school systems (such as student information systems), training in how to interface with other Ministries (such as how to report cases of child abuse), training in job-related, health and safety issues (such as how to conduct an earthquake drill), mandated Ministry of Education of initiatives. Training, courses, workshops or events that directly support district or school programs/academies/courses, when it relates to a program's certification/accreditation or promotion, are not eligible for funding and should be provided by the employer.
Job-Related Duties: These are the responsibility of the employee. Some, but not all, examples of job-related duties are marking, writing report cards, filing, organizing/ordering classroom materials, and/or equipment or lesson preparation.
Extra-curricular activities – These are the voluntary choices of members. Some, but not all, examples of extra-curricular activities are coaching teams, travel with student dance troupes, bands, or choirs, travel to other venues for student tournaments, contests and performances etc. However, members travelling with students to other venues, may use professional development funds to attend accredited courses, providing they have been relieved of any supervisory role for any of the attending students. Ministry Accountability Processes – The Ministry of Education Implementation Day may be used to support teachers with these processes. This is not to be confused with staff-determined, site-based goal setting. The latter can be funded professional development providing it is a decision of the committee of the whole and adheres to this policy.
Pro-D events sponsored by the Fraser Institute. Executive motion effective March 2017.