State Department of Education
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P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
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- Professional Study
- Professional Learning
- Instructional Leader
•Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
•AL Council for Leadership Development (ACLD)
•Professional Learning Units (PLUs) & Certification
Code of Ethics
Convened by the Governor in 2004
Mission = Supporting Alabama’s
Over 200 educators and business leaders
examined leadership issues
Scope of Work
- Standards for instructional leaders and professional
- Selection and preparation of school leaders
- Certification of school leaders
- Incentives to attract and retain quality principals in all
Recommendations to the Governor and
State Board of Education
- Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders
- Alabama Standards for Professional Development
Alabama Principal Leader Pilot
- Goal = To improve and sustain quality instructional
- Exemplary principal leaders selected statewide
- Two-year commitment
- Development and implementation of new principal
(Now Leadership and Evaluation)
Division of Instructional Services
Alabama Council for Leadership Development
Supported by Leadership and Evaluation
Members include superintendents, central office
instructional leaders, principals, assistant principals,
aspiring principals, and teacher leaders.
Rickey Darby, Elementary Coordinator,
Shelby County – Chairperson
Kimberly White, Assistant Principal,
Hoover City - Co-Chairperson
Rotating Off -Wanda Davis, Principal, Decatur City
Alan Garner, Federal Programs Supervisor,
Jackie Greenwood, Principal, Auburn City
Samuel Houston, Superintendent, Decatur City
Rotating Off -Eric Mackey, Superintendent,
Kathy Murphy, Administrative Assistant to the
Superintendent, Butler County
Jan Peacock, Principal, Baldwin County
Linda Felton Smith, Superintendent, Troy City
Anita Thompson, Teacher, Cullman County
Michael Wilson, Principal, Birmingham City
New ACLD Members - Spring 2009
Mrs. Jai Jordan, Teacher, Tarrant City
Mrs. Joanna May, Assistant Principal, Athens City
Dr. Ernesto Rosado, Principal, Baldwin County
Dr. Jeff Wooten, Superintendent,
Muscles Shoals City
Dr. Jason Wright, Principal, Auburn City
Thomas R. Bice
Deputy State Superintendent
Superintendent, Mountain Brook City
Principal, Birmingham City
Defining criteria for approval of professional
study used to meet requirements of
instructional leader certification called
Professional Learning Units (PLUs)
PLUs will replace Continuing Education Units
Criteria will align professional study to
instructional leader and professional
Providing assistance to local education agencies
(LEAs) in designing and evaluating professional
Facilitating the development of professional study
for needs identified by LEAs
Facilitating the approval process for professional
study used for instructional leader certification
Facilitating the coordination and communication
of professional study opportunities
Facilitating the development of professional study
activities and programs
Collaboration with SDE and other stakeholders
Reviewed council’s purpose, opportunities, and
Considered and adopted structure for future work
Determined possible direction based on identified
professional study needs for individuals holding
instructional leader certification statewide
Defined Professional Learning Unit (PLU)
Established PLU requirements for instructional leader
Developed professional study application for
prospective providers and vendors
Developed statewide training for all prospective
professional study providers and participants
Adopted in 2005
Applies to Individuals Holding
Instructional Leader Certification
1. Planning for Continuous Improvement
2. Teaching and Learning
3. Human Resources Development
5. Community and Stakeholder Relationships
7. Management of the Learning Organization
Preceded by Rationale
Has several Key Indicators
Key Indicators are written as Knowledge
or Ability Statements
Adopted in 2006
Applies to all educators
1. Organize adults into learning communities
2. Require knowledgeable and skillful school and
3. Provide resources
4. Use disaggregated student data
5. Use multiple sources of information
6. Prepare educators to apply research
7. Use learning strategies
8. Apply knowledge about human learning and
9. Provide educators with collaborative skills
10. Prepare educators to understand and
appreciate all students
11. Deepen educators’ content knowledge
12. Provide educators with knowledge and skills
to involve families and stakeholders
• Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders
Completely aligns to
• Alabama Standards for Professional Development
Approved two ways
• Local Education Agency (LEA) superintendent
• All educators maintaining instructional leader
Only method to earn Professional Learning Units
Who may apply for ACLD approval?
• Commercial vendors/private providers
• Local education agencies
• Other entities/individuals
How do you apply?
• Complete/submit an ACLD Professional Study
(PS) Application (PART II Online Training)
How does professional study become approved?
• ACLD reviews/approves each PS Application
• Applicants notified of approval
• All LEAs may provide, but are not required to,
approved professional study.
• The ACLD and/or State Department of Education
(SDE) does not approve professional study already
approved by LEAs.
• LEAs may use and/or adapt the ACLD PS Application
in professional study development, approval,
and implementation process.
• LEAs may approve professional study submitted
by other entities.
• ACLD/SDE will provide technical assistance upon
Local Education Agencies
are not required
locally approved professional
study to the ACLD for
review or approval.
WHAT IS A PLU?
• Content driven, long-term unit of professional study
• Fully addresses the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders
• Completely aligned to the Alabama Standards for Professional Development
• Earned upon completion of an ACLD or LEA approved professional study
• Replaces the continuing education unit (CEU), which is based on seat
time at one event rather than the development of knowledge and ability
WHO MUST EARN A PLU?
• All educators electing to maintain their instructional leader certification
HOW WILL PLUs BE RECORDED?
• Software Technology Incorporated, Professional Development
(STI PD, Part III Online Training)
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EARNING A PLU?
• Educators electing to maintain instructional leader certification
must earn five PLUs over a five-year certification cycle.
• At least two PLUs must be earned from ACLD approved
• Two PLUs may be earned from an LEA approved professional study.
• The fifth PLU may be earned from professional studies approved by
either the ACLD or the LEA.
WHEN WILL EDUCATORS BEGIN EARNING PLUs?
• 2009 – 2010
• A method is in place for transitioning from CEUs to PLUs over a
five-year period (PART III Online Training).
• Complete conversion to PLUs is anticipated in 2014.
Approved Professional Study
Professional Learning Units
ARE directly related to an individual’s instructional
ARE NOT related to an individual’s position, role or
place of employment.
The Term “Instructional Leader”
Includes anyone holding a valid Alabama certificate in
one or more of the following areas:
Principal (any grade level)
Supervisor (any subject and/or grade level)
Administrator of Career and Technical Education
Practicing Instructional Leader
To Obtain A Certificate Copy
Submit a Duplicate Certificate Request (Form DUP)
Submit a $30 fee to the SDE
If employed by an LEA, the LEA will have Form DUP
All individuals, regardless of employment, may
obtain Form DUP by going to the SDE website at
- Click on Sections
- Select Teacher Education and Certification
- Select Publications
- Select Forms
- Select Form DUP and download
Directions for completion of form and fee submission
are included in Form DUP
Professional study and PLUs are related to the
individual’s instructional leader certificate,
not his or her position, role, or place of employment.
Turn Your Idea Into A Plan
January 13, 2009
State Superintendent of Education
Joseph B. Morton
Points to Remember
• Questions asked by over 4,200 Alabama educators
• Responses are compiled from the ACLD and SDE
• Applies to individuals holding a valid Alabama instructional
• FAQ Document is marked DRAFT, January 13, 2009
• Responses may be subject to change as new instructional leader
certification and the approved professional study process is refined.
• Professional Development
• Professional Study
• Alabama Council for Leadership Development
• Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders (Abridged)
• Alabama Standards for Professional Development (Abridged)
• Instructional Leaders
• Instructional Leader Certification as related to instructional leaders
• How to obtain a copy of an instructional leader certificate
• Professional Learning Unit (PLU)
• Approved Professional Study
• Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
• Commonly used acronyms
• What is a Professional Study (PS) Application and
who should submit?
• May a provider submit more than one PS Application
for ACLD review?
• May a PS Application be written for any of the eight
instructional leader standards in 2009-2010?
• What technical support is available for providers completing an
• What is the timeframe for submitting an application for review
and approval to the ACLD? What about notification of an
• Does an local education agency (LEA) have to submit locally
developed professional study to the ACLD for approval?
What if an LEA uses an outside provider to develop the system’s
• What happens if a provider or participant does not complete an
approved professional study?
• How does an individual know if he/she must earn PLUs?
• How many PLUs does an individual holding instructional leader
certification need to earn?
• Over what time period must PLUs be earned?
• What is the timeframe for phasing in PLUs?
• If an individual holds multiple certificates, will meeting the
renewal requirements for instruction leader certification rewew
the other certificates?
• If a teacher holds both instructional leader and teacher
certification, may he/she elect not to renew the instructional
leader certificate and renew the teaching certificate?
• When an individual renews an existing instructional leader
certificate, will he/she receive a certificate that states
• Must an individual earn PLUs if he/she is an administrator, but
does not serve as an instructional leader in various roles,
positions, and/or places of employment ?
• Will reading coaches follow the Alabama Standards for
Instructional Leaders or the Alabama Quality Teaching Standards?
• How will the SDE keep a record of PLUs earned?
• Who will use Software Technology Incorporated, Professional
Development (STI PD) to record earned PLUs?
• What if an LEA, group, or individual does not know how to use
STI PD to record PLUs?
• How will an individual know if PLUs have been accurately
“credited” by the provider and/or recorded by the LEA designee
through STI PD?
• How does an individual know if a professional study is “really
approved” by the ACLD and/or LEA?
• Will the SDE recognize any other method to keep a record of PLUs
The ACLD and SDE are working on
NOTE responding to additional
questions from educators.
Pending questions include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• College course credit and PLUs
•Evaluation components of approved professional study
• PLU questions related specific instructional leader certificates
• Lapsed instructional leadership certification
• Number of PLUs that may be earned in one year
• Professional study and PLU issues for individuals out of state
• Earning more than one PLU on the same leadership standard
• Equitable opportunities to earn sufficient PLUs in 2009-2010
• Maintaining PLUs using STI PD
• Ability to participate approved professional study and earn PLUs
for individuals not employed in an LEA
• Transferring earned PLUs from one place of employment to another
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