• Can I get PRAC credit for a workshop, conference or course?

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    It depends. You must contact the Human Resource Office (Gary Kass) and fill-out the appropriate forms. Please see under forms on this website.
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  • Can I teach a PRAC course?

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    Yes, please see Information for Instructors.
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  • How do I obtain a copy of my PRAC certificate, if I misplaced mine?

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    A copies of all your certificates are kept in your personnel file at Central Office. There is, also, a PRAC folder with copies of all PRAC certificates issued. Please contact Gary Kass's office.

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  • How many hours are required for PRAC?

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    PRAC credits will only be granted to those attending all sessions (30 hours of course time).

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  • Is there a charge $ for a PRAC course?

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    No, PRAC courses are free to NCPS certified staff.
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  • What are the elements of a PRAC course?

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    Graduate level subject matter not available at nearby institutions.
    A detailed course outline and syllabus which offer a daily schedule of readings, activities, and assessments.
    Concept based instruction which links to content
    Integration of pertinent academic research or theory.
    Direct application to teaching methodology.
    Impact on student work and student learning
    Alignment with a district goal or need.
    A product from class related to curriculum
    Analysis or reflection of changed practice and its effects.
    Sharing of learning – Presentation to a larger audience of new methods and analysis of its application to student learning.

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  • Am I required to take a PRAC course?

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    No, all PRAC courses are voluntary.

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  • Can I obtain CEUs for a PRAC course?

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    Yes

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  • Do I have to attend all sessions or classes to get PRAC credit?

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    Yes

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  • How do I contact the PD Representative for PRAC?

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    You should contact the Professional Development Team Representative. Please use the Contact Information Section of this website.

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  • How many graduate credits are awarded for a PRAC course?

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    3 graduate level credits.

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  • Is there a maximun number of PRAC credits I can take?

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    Yes, there is a maximum of 15 PRAC credits that may be applied toward advancement on the salary scale. For more information on PRAC credit, consult your contract.
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  • What does PRAC stand for?

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    Professionally Related Activities Credit

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  • What is Prac?

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    Did you know there is a way to earn graduate school credit toward salary advancement without being enrolled in a graduate school program for free? Our contract provides for New Canaan teachers to earn PRAC credits-graduate credits toward advancement on the pay scale from NCPS district. PRAC stands for Professionally Related Activities Credit. District courses, such as the ones listed on this webpage, have been organized by district personnel for certified staff members. These courses require class attendance, completion of a final product, the application of that product in your classroom, reflection on its implementation, and sharing of your new learning. Once the process is reviewed, a determination will be made as to whether credit is awarded. Each course awards 3 credits.Please note there is a maximum of 15 PRAC credits that may be applied toward advancement on the salary scale. PRAC credits are not transferable to graduate school. For more information on PRAC credit, consult your contract or Steve Swerdlick’s office.

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  • What is the review process for PRAC credit?

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    Course Review Process and Timeline

    It is vital that both instructors and teachers taking PRAC courses realize that the course itself involves a timeframe longer than simply the length of instruction. It extends to application in the classroom and presentation of findings. In terms of both course design by instructors and awarding of credit to teachers, the process spans the better part of a calendar year. Credit will not be awarded to teachers until the following school year, when their learning has been applied in the actual classroom, reflected upon, and their findings presented. This necessarily delays the awarding of credit until well into the school year following the taking of the course:

    Ongoing - Review Process undertaken by committee consisting of Gary Kass, Jill Correnty, Rob Miller (where applicable), and a PD Team Representative. The committee sits in order to review and approve course design and affirm course instructors’ decisions regarding the awarding of credit.
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  • When will PRAC credit be awarded?

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    for PRAC Credit
    -Attendance
    -Class Activities
    -Completion of Project (linked to curriculum)
    -Analysis of application and impact on student learning during following school year
    -Presentation of findings to larger audience

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