The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has made available a powerful set of resources for NM teachers and administrators at http://teachnm.org. We encourage you to utilize this website when you have questions about teaching-related issues in order to most quickly find your answers and accomplish your goals!
The section of the TeachNM website on the Professional Development Dossier (PDD) for teachers is accessed by clicking “Experienced Teachers” at the top and then “Professional Development Dossier” - http://teachnm.org/programs/professional-development-dossier/pdd-for-teachers.html
The section of the TeachNM website on the 3-Tiered Licensure System may also be helpful. It is accessed by clicking "Experienced Teachers" at the top and then "3-Tiered Licensure System" - http://teachnm.org/programs/3-tiered-licensure-system.html
Developing a Professional Development Dossier (PDD) is essentially an opportunity to submit for review a “snapshot” of your teaching practice. The successful PDD demonstrates, within the parameters of the current licensure advancement process, that you are meeting the competencies and differentiated indicators for your next level of teacher licensure. Your PDD strand templates are reviewed by trained reviewers that establish whether there is sufficient evidence in your written text and supporting student work that you have met the requirements for a “Meets” or “Exceeds” score. In the absence of this written text, student data, and supporting student work, the remaining score is “Does Not Meet”.
So, given this basic premise of the PDD process, the successful strand submission must be a combination of your actual teaching practice as articulated to educators that do not know you personally, and the supporting student work or student artifacts.
More information can be found at the TeachNM website's PDD for Teachers section (linked above - http://teachnm.org/programs/professional-development-dossier/pdd-for-teachers.html)
Here are some specific suggestions for improving your strand submission or resubmission:
- Carefully review the Requirements and Guidelines for the Preparation of the NM PDD for Teachers. This document can be viewed at http://teachnm.org/uploads/docs/pdd-guidelines.pdf
- Make sure you clearly understand the individual components of your Strand.
- Review the PDD Podcasts that are available to support resubmission. They can be viewed from this link: http://teachnm.org/programs/professional-development-dossier/pdd-podcasts.html. These recourses are intended to complement the basic Guidelines document referenced in #1 above.
- Schedule quality time for reflection, writing and review. Then, do more reflection, writing and review. Continue the process until you condense your strand into the best representation of your actual teaching practice and supporting student documents and data.
- If possible, work with a trusted teacher mentor and/or coach who understands the PDD process.
- Give yourself plenty of time to work on the above recommendations before the next submission window opens (July 15 to March 31 of each year).