Instructional Leadership Professional Study Application (ILPSA)
Welcome! The purpose of the online application system is to allow professional study providers to access, complete and submit the Instructional Leadership Professional Study Application (ILPSA) to the ACLD. Professional study providers are strongly encouraged to submit the professional study application at least two months prior to the date of initial implementation in order to give professional study providers an opportunity to respond to ACLD recommendations, as needed. The ACLD no longer reviews applications for approval retroactively. Professional studies implemented prior to ACLD approval, may be considered by the local superintendent, at his or her discretion, for a locally approved Professional Learning Unit (PLU).
Upcoming ACLD Professional Study Review Dates:
|January 23, 2013||February 5, 2013|
|April 17, 2013||April 30, 2013|
|June 5, 2013||June 18, 2013|
|September 11, 2013||September 24, 2013|
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Professional Study Providers
The Alabama Professional Development Standards and Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders, as well as information related to professional learning units (PLUs) are available for your review. The professional study approved for PLUs must be aligned to both the professional development standards and the instructional leader standards. All individuals holding instructional leader certification will be required to earn PLUs.
Description of a Professional Study
Pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Code § 290-4-3-.01 (2) (a-d), the Alabama State Department of Education (SDE), Leadership Development, and the Alabama Council for Leadership Development (ACLD) are responsible for defining the criteria and approval process for the endorsement of all professional study activities and programs designed to meet requirements for renewal certification of instructional leaders. The criteria for approval address the Alabama Standards for Instructional Leaders and align with the Alabama Standards for Professional Development (Refer to Code of Alabama, 1975, §§ 16-23-7, 16-23-8, and 16-23-12 through 13.1).
Definition of a Professional Learning Unit (PLU)
Pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Code § 290-3-2-.01(44), a Professional Learning Unit (PLU) is a content driven, long-term unit of professional study for instructional leaders that fully addresses all knowledge and ability indicators under an Alabama Standard for Instructional Leaders. Professional study that constitutes a PLU requires multiple professional development experiences over time and will always be aligned with the Alabama Standards for Professional Development in Rule 290-4-3-.01(3).
Completing a PLU
A PLU is earned at the completion of professional study which fully addresses the knowledge and ability indicators under an Alabama Standard for Instructional Leaders. The professional study must include comprehensive coverage and evaluation of effectiveness in the school setting. Professional study that earns a PLU must be approved either by the Alabama Council for Leadership Development (ACLD) or approved by the local superintendent. The PLU will take the place of the continuing education unit (CEU) which is based on seat time at one event rather than the development of knowledge and ability over time.
Technical Assistance Contacts
If you have questions about the online professional study application, please call or send an email to:
Ms. Telena Madison, ph. 334-353-5230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Professional Study Reviews
Applications received by:
· Apr. 17th will be reviewed Apr. 30th.
· June 5th will be reviewed June 18th.
· Sept. 11th will be reviewed Sept. 24th.