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.


Announcement (s):

Announcement (s):

:  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)


2021-2022 LPDC Meeting Dates

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

September 7
, 2021
October 5, 2021
*November 9, 2021
December 7, 2021
*January 11, 2022
February 1, 2022
March 1, 2022
April 5, 2022
May 3, 2022
** Wednesday, June 8,  2022 Time TBD

For the remainder of 2022 the meetings will be held as Zoom meetings.  They can be accessed at the following link:  https://ohconnect.zoom.us/j/3076230643 


LPDC 2021-2022 Representatives

The 2021-2022 GHCS LPDC Representatives include:

  • Mrs. Nora Lopez (LPDC Chair/Elmwood School Representative) [Exp. 2024]
  • Mrs. Sherrie Mercsak (Wm. Foster School Representative ) [Exp. 2024]
  • Mrs. Kim Barber (Garfield Hts. High School Representative) [Exp. 2023]
  • Mrs. Leah Keefe (Garfield Hts. Middle School Representative) [Exp. 2024]
  • Mrs. Julie Frederick (Maple Leaf Representative) [Exp. 2023]
  • Mr. Sean Patton (Central Office Representative)
  • Mrs. Jill Frimel (Administrative Designate)
  • Ms.Jana Jenkins (Administrative Designate)
  • Mr. Tom Price (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 www.courses4teachers.net please be aware that credit awarded through the University of the Pacific Bernard College takes 4-6 weeks to process. They do not offer etranscripts.  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 are required to renew a license
10 Contact Hours = 1 CEU (Continuing Educational Unit)
3 CEUs (30 Contact Hours) = 1 Semester Hour
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