Getting Involved





Getting Involved

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Policy 400.12 – Local Professional Improvement Committee



Board Policy

  1. The Board of Education recognizes the value of a competent, professional trained teaching staff and authorizes the establishment of a Local Professional Improvement Committee (LPIC) to encourage, guide, and reward the professional development of staff members.
  2. The Board authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration to develop administrative regulations consistent with this policy.



LPIC Committee - 400.12-1

  1. Membership
    1. The Canyons School District LPIC shall consist of the following members:
      1. Director of Human Resources or designee;
      2. Director (s) of Instructional Supports Department or designee;
      3. A principal appointed by the Superintendent; and
      4. A recognized employee agent representative.
    2. A Director of Instructional Supports shall act as chairperson.
  2. Schedule of Meetings
    1. LPIC meetings shall be scheduled on a monthly basis. Other meetings will be scheduled as often as business requires.



In-Service Evaluation Criteria - 400.12-2

  1. The following criteria will be used for in-service evaluation:
    1. The request meets an established district need.
    2. At least fourteen (14) clock hours (60-minute sessions) of classroom instruction are required for each one (1) semester hour of credit. Clock hours are considered as direct instruction.  Lab activities, homework, or time for meals cannot be counted.
  2. Clarification of “Education Enhancement” change credit:
    1. Credit for “Education Enhancement” changes will be granted for college credit (issued by an accredited institution), USBE approved credit, District approved credit, and LPIC approved in-service credit.
    2. Education and/or pedagogical courses required to obtain Level one (1) licensure in the State of Utah may not be used toward “Education Enhancement” change credit.
  3. An in-service class offered out of the District may be approved for salary “Education Enhancement” credit if it is recommended by one or more District administrators as meeting an assessed District need.
    1. In-service training where teachers receive a stipend may be counted for salary “Education Enhancement” and may count toward state recertification. A stipend will be considered as an hourly payment or honorarium for attendance.  District stipends will be based on the Elective In-Service Rubric (See, Policy—400.212-Exhibit-1).  An honorarium will be considered a payment fee, not a reimbursement for expenses.
    2. In-service instructors will be compensated according to stipends approved by the Instructional Supports Department.
    3. University credit will be accepted on a semester-hour basis.
    4. Salary “Education Enhancement” credit will be processed in the Human Resources Department in accordance with Policy—410.7—Salary Guidelines which details educator responsibilities.



LPIC Committee Function - 400.12-3

LPIC Functional Responsibilities

  1. The LPIC shall review all school and individual in-service requests for credit and make recommendations regarding approval. Upon LPIC approval, the Director (s) of Instructional Supports Department (ISD) shall sign the in-service requests.  The Director (s) of Instructional Supports will review and approve District in-service requests.
    1. Any District educator may submit to the Instructional Supports Office a request to teach a specific in-service course. The Instructional Supports Office will then arrange for the class according to district guidelines.
    2. Any District educator or principal may submit to the Instructional Supports Office a request for in-service training. The Instructional Supports Office will then arrange for the class according to district guidelines.
    3. Before a District, school or individual course is approved, the instructor(s) must have a resume on file with the Instructional Supports Office as well as a course syllabus, a student evaluation plan, and a statement of the desired academic outcome. Any in-service class for “Education Enhancement” credit must be approved before the class begins.
    4. “Education Enhancement” credit will be granted for all courses approved by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and posted for credit on CACTUS. Credit will be granted for courses taught by other agencies as long as the courses are submitted to and approved by the LPIC before the course begins and the course meets all other policy requirements.



Education Leave Screening - 400.12-4

  1. The LPIC shall screen all applications for educational leave according to Policy—Employee Leave (Licensed)(410.4-3), and make recommendations to the Superintendent for approval.
  2. The LPIC shall screen all applicants for short-term, less than four-week paid educational leaves associated with Fulbright scholarships and exchanges.





Document History

Revised – 11.15.2016.  Policy – 400.12 – Local Professional Improvement Committee was revised to align language for in-service credit and evaluation criteria with current practice.

Revised – 5.12.2015.  Policy – 400.12 – Local Professional Improvement Committee was revised to include language that education or pedagogical courses required to obtain to Level 1 licensure in the State of Utah may not be used toward lane change credit.   

Revised – 8.21.2012.  Policy – 400.12 – Local Professional Improvement Committee was revised to modify the membership of the Local Professional Improvement Committee and modify the meeting schedule, and to update to the in-service evaluation criteria consistent with state and district practice for credit issuance approval.    

Adopted – 7.10.2007.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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