Professional Growth

The Davis Joint Unified School District encourages professional growth programs that are offered through the district office and events offered through outside agencies.  Our students benefit from staff that continue to build skills and knowledge. As a learning organization, DJUSD, offers hundreds of opportunities each year for adult learning. These opportunities are aligned with the district’s goals, including a focus on 21st Century teaching and learning, closing the achievement gap, and creating safe and inclusive environments for all students.
DJUSD professional growth is evolving to be individualized and responsive.  Professional Growth opportunities are embedded in daily work and through the leadership of collaborative staff.  The Instructional Services team, with site leaders and staff, are seeking opportunities to strengthen all learning developments. Here are examples of how you will see DJUSD advancing new professional growth for staff:

  • At the elementary level, we are moving toward a PLC (Professional Learning Community) model on fourth Wednesdays; these will be led by trained facilitators.Teachers will work together to determine  their learning focus.
  • DJUSD continues to develop our coaching model; the primary characteristic of coaching is to respond to teacher and site needs based on a needs assessment.
  • At the secondary level, DJUSD will hold  a Fall and Spring Summits that features teacher-led workshops and provide teachers with options on what workshop they wish to attend.
  • DJUSD supports personalized learning experiences and collaboration through Instructional Practices Grants.  We generally do 2-3 cycles of grant funding each academic year.   

All DJUSD staff members are encouraged to attend professional growth opportunities.

  • Anything offered on Performance Matters is an approved professional growth option for staff.  Details about the event (Including compensation, if appropriate) are with details of the event.
  • Please use our step-by-step registration instructions for help with Performance Matters.
  • Any professional growth opportunities not currently listed in Performance Matters can be requested using this form.
  • The Instructional Services team is interested in learning about professional growth opportunities and would encourage you to forward information about events to for consideration.


The Instructional Services Department coordinates many Professional Growth events outside of contact hours.  District sponsored events will be prioritized in consideration of our annual Professional Growth Budget.  DJUSD employees may be compensated for Davis Joint Unified-approved learning that occurs outside of contract time.  Compensation for participation in events not sponsored by DJUSD and submitted as proposals on the PD form, will be considered on a case by case basis and prioritized using DJUSD Instructional Goals and budget capacity.

To be qualified for compensation, requests need to be approved prior to participation (10 days) and will be evaluated against district goals and priorities (rubric for evaluation).  Compensation may occur in the following two ways:

  • If employees wish to pay for their own registration, they may be eligible for hourly payment at their professional growth rate or credit (on the DJUSD salary scale).
  • If staff prefers, DJUSD may pay registration fees and fees incurred to participate (travel, lodging meals), in which case DJUSD would not pay hourly rates or give credits.

Log  in to the new Performance Matters (link below) to view and sign up for professional learning offerings!  Here are a couple of TIPS & TRICKS:

  • LOG IN at link below with your DJUSD Google/Email Account
  • Click on COURSES along the top
  • Under COURSE SEARCH click on “Show All” to view available courses 
  • Next to any course, the little “i” symbol will give you details about times, location, etc.


For more information or assistance, please contact Tammy Ghaffari at