Professional Development Units (PDU)

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    What is a Professional Development Unit (PDU)?

    A Professional Development Unit (PDU) is differentiated, action research learning with application to practice. PDUs provide educators and SSPs with the equivalent of 3 graduate credits (45 hours) that can be applied towards salary lane changes. They are designed to support teachers and SSPs to improve or acquire skills focused on topics of student need, including closing the opportunity gap. This is learning beyond opportunities provided during contract hours and provides educators with the autonomy to opt in to additional self-selected and self-directed development to advance their professional practice.

    PDUs have 3 components – Study, Demonstration, and Reflection, completed through a 45 hour (minimum) course of study. The action research learning involves study of a topic that will benefit student growth, with simultaneous application of the learning content towards a specific problem of practice. The experiential learning afforded by PDUs empowers educators to study and implement best practices, and reflect on their learning, practice, and student performance with peers.

    For additional information on PDUs contact the Professional Development Quality Specialist.

    Types of PDUs

    • District-wide - open to educators across the district
    • Multi-school/Regional - open to educators across region
    • School- Wide - open to educators within specific school
    • Small Group - 2-4 participants, can be school or district-wide
    • Personal/Individual - self-directed PDU
    • CEU-PDU Conversion - See CEU-PDU Application

    For more information on CEU-PDU conversion process contact Carmen Stagg.

    Interested in Taking a PDU?

    See the 2021-22 PDU Course Guide for available offerings and registration. More PDUs will be added throughout the school year, following each review cycle. See review cycles below. 

    PDU Application & Review Cycles

    PDU applications are accepted and reviewed four times a year. Each PDU application is reviewed by a content expert according to the PDU application rubric, with opportunities for feedback and revision prior to approval.

    To apply to lead a PDU: Submit completed PDU Application to

    Applications should adhere to the PDU guidelines and application rubric.
    For additional resources to support PDU design and implementation see the PDU Resource Library.

    2021 - 2022 Application Deadlines

    You may submit an application during any PDU cycle preceding your PDU start date; final deadlines mark the final opportunity to apply for each PDU timeframe. Early application is encouraged to provide ample time for course set up. Click on each date below to access review cycle timelines.


    Aug 26, 2021

    Early approval for any 2021-22 PDU

    Oct 1, 2021

    Final deadline for year-long PDUs

    Jan. 6, 2021

    Final deadline for Spring PDUs

    April 15th, 2022

    Early approval for any 2022-23 PDU

    PDU Resource Library

    The PDU Resource Library houses a variety of resources to assist potential facilitators in designing and implementing their own PDU. The library contains samples of exemplar PDUs as well as related instructional resources. The library will be continuously updated and expanded over subsequent PDU cycles, serving as both an archive and resource bank for exemplar PDUs.

    PDU Advisory Council

    Council members serve in an advisory capacity, providing feedback to improve the PDU process and experience for both leaders and participants. This is a paid extra duty position. Teachers and SSPs with PDU experience are encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted now  for the 2021-22 school year. For more information and to apply, click here.

    PDU Peer Reviewers

    Peer Reviewers are an intrinsic part of the PDU team, providing feedback and support to PDU leaders throughout the PDU process. Reviewers receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the peer review process for PDUs. Applications are being accepted through August 17th for the 2021-22 school year. To see the full job description and apply, click here.



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    Carmen Stagg

    Professional Development Quality Specialist

    Emily Griffith Campus 
    1860 Lincoln St.
    10th Floor, South Side
    Denver, CO 80203