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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 2024-2025 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

Kristy Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education                            

Sarah Henry, Executive Director for Elementary Education

Charles Lee, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education 

Karen Highfill, Executive Director for Secondary Education



To schedule the PLC, contact Cindy Coleman at or call 479-636-3910.