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Shared Professional Development

COSER 507 is for administrators or teachers supporting collaborative and consortium learning.  This COSER also supports elements of implementation.  Districts use this COSER to share professional development related contracts when two or more schools districts are involved in joint professional development.  Matching districts must prove cost savings in sharing the contract beyond receiving BOCES aid. 


The following COSER rules will apply:  

  • The contract must be shared by at least two paying districts.  BOCES will invoice each district by the number of staff members attending the professional development by the vendor of the contract.  Sign-in sheets are required for all dates the vendor delivers professional development and must be submitted to BOCES. 
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  • The sharing of the contract must demonstrate cost savings, beyond aid, because the contract is being shared.  There are a number of ways to do this, but the most popular method is for the professional development to be offered at one school while participants from both schools attend the same sessions.
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  • The contract must be approved by the BOCES Board of Education.  Our Board meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.  All elements of the contract and share commitments must be in place one week before our Board meets.  Our Board will not allow post-dated work or contracts.  Only future contracts and work will be approved.  
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  • Please submit completed contracts and a completed Shared Professional Development Approval Form at least one week prior to the BOCES Board of Education Meeting (usually the 1st Wednesday of each month).