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PDD for Teachers

April 2015 Update

To provide teachers the opportunity to complete their dossier after the 2014–2015 Summative Evaluations are distributed the NM Public Education Department will close the window for submissions on May 31, 2015 instead of March 31, 2015.

This extension will allow teachers the opportunity to bypass the dossier process if they meet the following criteria on their 2014-2015 Summative Evaluation:

  • Taught for a minimum of 3 years on their level one or level two license
  • Achieved a Master’s Degree or National Board Certification to move from Level 2 to Level 3
  • Achieve an overall rating of Effective, Highly Effective or Exemplary
  • Earn a minimum of 50% of the points available to them in the Student Achievement portion of the summative evaluation

Please direct any questions about this process to Seana Flanagan, Assistant Director of Educator Quality. Her email is Seana.Flanagan@state.nm.us.

Note: Effective June 30, 2010, the Public Education Department (PED) will increase the amount for License Application Processing Fee. View the memorandum and new licensure fee structure.

Intro to the Professional Development Dossier (PDD)

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The Professional Development Dossier (PDD) is a focused, compact collection of documentation compiled by the teacher seeking licensure advancement (Strands A, B, and C) and her/his school district (Strands D and E).

To find out more about the PDD and the PDD review process, read the Requirements and Guidelines for preparation of the Professional Development Dossier. Most importantly, the Requirements and Guidelines contain all directions on how to complete the PDD.

Submission Period

The PDD submission period begins July 15 at 12:01am and will remain open until 5:00pm, March 31 the following year.

Submission Process

Note: In an effort to provide a more convenient and efficient payment process, the NMPED is now accepting online payments for services provided by the NM Online Licensure system (i.e., PDD, OPAL and Same Level Licensure Renewal submissions). At this time, our manual payment option has been discontinued and all future payments should be submitted using the provided link. If you have any difficulty using the online payment portal, please contact us.

Step-by-Step Process: Preparing and Submitting the PDD Online
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5

Register and create an account with the NM Public Education Department Online PDD system.

Carefully read the Requirements and Guidelines for preparing the PDD, including appendices that includes important forms.

Use the PDD Templates (see sidebar) to complete your dossier and submit each PDD strand.

Use the PDD Resources (see sidebar) to support your work as you collect evidence and complete your writing.

Submit Strands A, B, and C online.

Your administrator will complete Strands D and E.

The PDD is used to make licensure decisions, therefore the Requirements and Guidelines for its preparation are standardized, and you should follow them carefully. However, you should also remember that the intent of the Requirements and Guidelines is to allow you to tell a set of stories from your practice — stories that are illustrated and validated by concrete evidence from your work with your students and others in your classroom. The PDD is not a test with the right answer. Instead it allows you to construct a picture of your teaching.

To meet this goal, you are asked to provide explanations of what you did on several occasions in your teaching and to substantiate that explanation with data. Two outside reviewers will make decisions based on both the explanation and the data. As they review your dossier, they will seek to understand what you do and how you think about instruction, student learning, and professional growth. Both outside reviewers will be experienced educators, but only one of the reviewers will have similar subject area expertise. Keep in mind this purpose and audience as you construct your PDD.

Support

For questions concerning PDD content and preparation, email ped.pdd@state.nm.us.

For questions concerning technical requirements or difficulty with VisionLink system, including password or login issues: pddhelp@visionlink.org


NM Public Education Department
Professional Development Bureau
300 Don Gaspar, Room 105
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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