The Staff Development Leave is a phenomenal benefit for regular classified staff that is similar to a faculty sabbatical. The classified SDL allows you to take a quarter or two or three to enhance your professional skills or get a substantial start on a new field of expertise, all while being paid most of your regular salary and benefits.
Each classified union has negotiated similar language to describe the SDL.
The ACE contract says that the SDL exists "to encourage and enable
classified workers to enhance their value to the District through further
job-related education, the upgrading of their skills, or retraining for
a different career path....The leave may be used to complete interrupted
studies, learn by observing methods used in industry or other educational
institutions, or get a substantial start on a goal of better education."
(ACE 2011-2014 agreement, p. 44)
In other words, by providing a significant amount of time away from your current job with most of your pay and benefits, the SDL can allow you to...
Here are the steps to apply:
Applications must be received in Human Resources by 4:30 pm on December
15. To be safe, plan to submit your package at least a week earlier. Remember
that you are not only turning in the completed form; you also have to have
copies of college catalog pages describing any courses you plan to take and
other descriptive documentation.
Before you turn your application packet in, make a copy for yourself. (Don't plan on using the HR photocopier, though!) Be sure your application is time and date stamped by the HR staff person who accepts your application.
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