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District Commits $4 Million to Provide All Teachers with Additional Professional Development Days

PPSD Releases Academic Calendar for 21-22 School Year 


District Commits $4 Million to Provide All Teachers with Additional Professional Development Days


PROVIDENCE, RI - The Providence Public School District (PPSD) today released the academic calendar for the 21-22 school year and announced a commitment of $4 million to provide every teacher with four additional professional development (PD) days. The calendar includes 12 total mandatory days of professional development for teachers throughout the year, including five days before the school year begins. 


“Providing high-quality professional development will not only allow us to better support our incredible educators, but help improve student outcomes,” said Superintendent Harrison Peters. “We know that professional development matters, and I’m excited that we’re doubling down for next year.” 


Research is clear that high-quality professional development can have a major impact in improving student outcomes and achievement. In 2019, the District’s lack of quality, comprehensive professional development opportunities for teachers was one of the findings outlined in the Johns Hopkins report. As a result, the District’s community-driven Turnaround Action Plan called for expanding and improving professional development opportunities to better support teachers and students. 


In the years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, PPSD educators were only required to attend one day of professional development training. During the past school year, the District required additional PD days before the start of school due to a shorter instructional calendar, and additional days during the year while students participated in virtual learning. After a concerted effort by the District to not only increase the quantity of PD days, but improve the quality, more than 90% of Providence Public Schools teachers rated the professional development they received this year as satisfactory, up from 33% the year prior. 


Due to the extension of teachers’ working days from 181 in the current contract to 185 next school year, teachers will receive, on average, an additional $1600 as part of their salary.