The Career Advancement Program
Information About CAP
The Career Advancement Program (CAP) is a knowledge and skills based differentiated compensation program that rewards full time T-Scale staff that demonstrate and document high quality professional practice and leadership that cultivates student achievement. CAP was approved into policy in April 2007 by the School Board.
Participation in CAP is voluntary and requires the completion of one, two, or all of three portfolio opportunities, designed to challenge and engage T-Scale staff in a rigorous process of enhancing their knowledge and skills through substantive professional development and experiences. Two of the portfolios are locally developed and the third is National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification. Please read the CAP document for more details on how the program works and eligibility.
CAP Portfolio I eligibility information:
CAP Portfolio I is available to full time T-Scale staff who have completed 5 or more years of APS experience.
Candidates may not be on a formal improvement plan while pursuing CAP.
Candidates must have 2 successful evaluations in the past 2 years.
Candidates must participate in the CAP Seminar
. The seminar will be offered 2 times prior to the 2013-2014 school year.
Candidates must have completed 90 hours of professional development in 3 specific areas (skill sets).
Candidates interested in pursuing CAP Portfolio I during the 2013-14 school year must submit the CAP Portfolio I Eligibility Verification Form no later than April 15, 2013. Send completed forms to the CAP Processing Center, Professional Development Office, Syphax Academic Center
How will you know if any past professional development in which you have participated counts towards CAP?
It is important that you verify that your coursework will make you eligible for CAP. While departments do their best to include CAP information in ERO it is not always correct. Please make sure that your coursework meets the criteria to count for CAP. If you have questions about whether a course counts towards CAP eligibility contact Kerri Hirsch in the professional development office.
In order for coursework to be considered towards CAP it must be a minimum of 10 contact hours (or 1 credit hour).
Electronic Registrar Online (ERO) has been updated to include information about the APS Department of Instruction offerings that count toward CAP. Follow these easy steps to check your progress in meeting the CA P requirements for professional development:
- From the APS website, click on “Staff Resources.”
- Under “Staff Resources,” find the Electronic Registrar Online (ERO) link and click to open the ERO homepage.
- Log in to ERO. (Your ITC should be able to help you with this, if you are not sure what your log in is.)
- Once logged in, click on the “My Transcript” tab.
- Your transcript should now reflect each course that you have signed up for through ERO, which CAP requirements it may meet, and the number of CAP hours for which the course will be counted.
- You can click on the certificate link to print a copy of this for your records.
Only courses that have been offered through APS Department of Instruction will be visible in ERO. While some coursework taken through a university may count toward the CAP requirements, individuals will have to obtain a transcript and course syllabus from the university and contact the Professional Development Office (Extension 2113) for more information.
CAP Portfolio II eligibility information:
CAP Portfolio III (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification) eligibility information:
CAP Portfolio II Documents to be developed
CAP Portfolio III
CAP Frequently Asked Questions
Workshops/Focus Groups to Support the CAP Process
to see the 2012-2013 opportunities to learn more about the Career Advancement Program.
For more information about CAP contact the Professional Development Office.