This thing is a beast. I've been working non-stop this Spring Break. I started writing on Tuesday and finished a few hours ago. Right now, my document is approximately 55 pages. I still need to scan in a few images and update some resources, but I have finished all that I will finish on my own.
Many teachers complete their PDD over the course of an entire year, and I decided to do mine in one week. This is because I am a supreme procrastinator and love to complain about pressure. I am in my 4th year of teaching, and so I have been planning for my PDD all year, but I was going to wait until the summer deadline to complete one. Then the NM Public Education Department announced that beginning in the summer the price to submit this document will increase substantially. I decided that I better save some money and submit by March 31st. Soon after this news, my district announced that they will institute a 1% pay cut across the board next year in an effort to balance the budget. You see, the state of NM is low on funds, and therefore they are making cuts to education. Because it just makes sense. But if I pass my PDD, I will get an approximate $12,000 increase in pay. It's worth a week of my time.
Now, the website to which I submit my PDD costs 1 million dollars to maintain. That is pretty significant. Also, my PDD is to be scored by two scorers and those scores are to be evaluated by a third individual. Now, I don't believe that there are only 3 readers, considering that there more teachers are attempting to move up in licensure levels in order to get more pay. That's a lot of people reading a lot of documents.
I may not pass this process, but I needed to attempt it in order to have an opportunity to resubmit later. I would really like to start the next school year with a raise rather than a pay cut.
It seems to me that the State of NM could save some education dollars by eliminating this process, but what do I know? I'm just a teacher.
PS-This post is just a rant to let all of my friends and family in on what I've been ranting about on Facebook for a week.
PPS--It is really good to know that I can churn out that much writing in a short amount of time, but now I've got no excuse for not posting more often. :(