Professional Development Units (PDU)

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    A Professional Development Unit (PDU) is differentiated, job embedded action research learning that is designed to support teachers and student service providers to improve or acquire skills on topics that directly relate to their discipline.

    PDUs are a service offered through Denver Public School’s Professional Learning Team. In addition, PDUs are an element of ProComp–Denver Public School’s Pay-for-Performance System.

    Professional Development Units have 3 components – Study, Demonstration, and Reflection which are completed in 3 to 9 months during the school year. The action research project involves study of a topic that will benefit student growth, demonstrating the implementation of the best instructional practices and reflecting on learning, change in practice and student performance.

    The Study Component or topic of the PDU may include multiple inquiry methods such as: district PD, college courses, online classes, review of educational research, seminars, conferences, etc.

    The Demonstration Component is the application of learning (Study) in your classroom or practice. Data/documentation is collected to support impact of the study.

    The Reflection Component includes a final self-reflection portfolio that summarizes the PDU work, presentation/sharing of learning and attendance at a Final Peer Review Session.

    What we offer


    Types of PDUs

    • Personal PDU
    • Small Group PDU
    • School Wide PDU
    • Central District Dept. PDU
    • Strand PDU

    Participating in a PDU is optional and there is no limit on the number of PDUs an educator may earn each school year. More information about PDUs may be reviewed on the internal PDU website.

    Credit options

    Any DPS staff who has successfully completed and earned PDU credits will receive a certificate of completion (each worth 45 contact hours/3 credit hours) recognized by Colorado Department of Education when renewing a professional license.

    ProComp employees are eligible for a base building salary increase for completing a PDU each school year from the 1st through the 14th year of credited service in DPS. ProComp employees who are beyond the 14th year of credited service are eligible for a bonus (2% of index) for each completed PDU. PDUs are paid one per year and are chronologically banked and scheduled by payroll for future automatic payment. Banked PDUs expire when an teacher permanently leaves the district (resignation, retirement or death), is non-renewed or is terminated for cause. If a teacher in non-renewed, the bank is discarded 90 days after the contract year ends (Nov. 30th of the following contract year). For those terminated for cause or those who leave the district, banked PDUs will be discarded immediately.   An employee may only be paid an incentive for one earned PDU each school year. For more information, visit the ProComp Website.

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