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Professional Development

Rogers Public Schools' strategic plan contains a theory of action that  . . . “a clearly defined curriculum and best instructional practices supported by targeted professional development will lead to desired student achievement for all students in Rogers, Arkansas.” 

RPS Required Professional Development:

48 hours of professional development is required for any certified employee with a 190-day or greater contract.  

Legislation adopted in July 2014 requires 36 hours of professional development annually by the DESE. 

The following professional development is required in the 2023-2024 school year:

Schools will conduct an annual policy review of:

  • Annual Policy Review
    • Anti-Bullying Policy 
    • Sexual Harassment Policy
    • SMART Core Curriculum
    • School Safety & Crisis Plan
    • IT Security
    • Arkansas Educator Code of Ethics  
    • Human Trafficking 
    • Science of Reading
    • 504/ADA
  • Teen Suicide Awareness (2 Hours)
  • Bullying (2 Hours)  
  • Test Security and Confidentality
  • Athletic Coaches Training (at least once every 3 years)
  • ATLAS Portal Certification

One-half of the 36 hours required for licensure (18 hours) must be directly related to one or more of the following:

  1. teacher's content area
  2. instructional strategies  
  3. teacher's identified need

Administrators: Data Disaggregation, Instructional Leadership, Fiscal Management

Professional Development will be provided as needed:

  • Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Teach students with Disabilities, including Autism
  • Test Security and Confidentiality Training

New Administrators:

  • New Administrators must obtain Evaluator Certification for TESS
  • New Administrator Training for TESS/LEADS

2023-2024 PD Calendar
*For a complete listing of professional development requirements, see the 2023-2024 Required PD Chart.

For ADE Rules and Regulations for Professional Development click here:

Department Contacts

Jim Davis, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning


Lisa Tilmon, Executive Director for K-12 Teaching and Learning


To schedule the PLC, contact Jennifer Surly or call 479-636-3910.