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Garfield Heights City Schools

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Welcome to Garfield Heights City Schools LPDC

The committee defines High Quality Professional Development (HQPD) according to the Ohio Standards of Professional Development. HQPD is defined as an on-going, systematic process, linked to the daily practice of educators and based on data-driven needs.

The goal of the Garfield Heights Professional Development Committee is two-fold: to promote and encourage high quality professional staff development and to insure a fair and equitable processing of licensure.

The five characteristics of HQPD are:

  1. A purposeful, structured and continuous process that occurs over time;
  2. Determined by multiple sources of data;
  3. Collaborative;
  4. Includes varied learning experiences;
  5. Is evaluative by short and long-term impact on professional practice and student achievement; and
  6. Is aligned with personal, building, district, state and national goals.


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:  All forms, IPDPs, Activity Proposals, etc. to be approved by the LPDC at a monthly LPDC meeting MUST be submitted in PD Express or to your LPDC Representative the day BEFORE the scheduled monthly meeting.  (approved November 2011)


2023-2024 LPDC Regular Meeting Dates

The LPDC Monthly Meetings will be on the second THURSDAY of every month at 3:30pm, unless indicated (*).  

September 14, 2023

October 12, 2023

November 16, 2023*

December 14, 2023

January 11, 2024*

February 8, 2024

March 14, 2024

April 18, 2024 *Change of Meeting Date

May 9, 2024

May 31, 2024*


*All licensure documentation must be submitted to the LPDC and licenses applied for through ODE prior to the May 31, 2024 meeting in order to be approved within the renewal cycle.

Educators are not required to attend monthly committee meetings unless asked to do so.

All meetings will be conducted via zoom.  They can be accessed at the following link: No passcode necessary.

LPDC Representatives

The 2022-2023 GHCS LPDC Representatives include:

  • Nora Lopez (LPDC Chair/Elmwood School Representative) [Exp. 2026]
  • Melissa Irvine (Wm. Foster School Representative ) [Exp. 2027]
  • Kim Barber (Garfield Hts. High School Representative) [Exp. 2025]
    • Katie Skocdopole (Garfield Hts High School Representative Intern 2024-2025), Representative [Expire 2027]
  • Leah Keefe (Garfield Hts. Middle School Representative) [Exp. 2026]
  • Julie Frederick (Maple Leaf Representative) [Exp. 2025]
    • Louiza Iordanidou (Maple Leaf Representative Intern (2024-2025), Representative [Expire 2027]
  • Tasha Pettigrew (Central Office Representative)
  • Ashlee Ward (Administrative Designate)
  • Gina Bajzer (Administrative Designate)
  • Candice Milton (Administrative Designate)


LPDC Representative NOTES

The following universities have been issuing quarter hours:
1. UC San Diego Extension (via Professional Development Institute)
*Note:  The conversion for a quarter hour to a semester hour is 2/3.

If you choose to take a course through please be aware that credit awarded through the University of the Pacific Bernard College takes 4-6 weeks to process. They do not offer e-transcripts.  Please keep this in mind when planning to use these credits.  If we do not have an OFFICIAL transcript (letters of completion are not acceptable) we cannot verify the class.  This could cause you to not renew your license on time if you wait until the last month or so.


Equivalent Other Activities 
Conversion Table
Note: 6 semester hours (or the equivalent) are required to renew a license
10 Contact Hours = 1 CEU (Continuing Educational Unit)
3 CEUs (30 Contact Hours) = 1 Semester Hour