Schools and districts implementing culturally responsive, personalized, and competency-based instructional practices face a multitude of challenges, from taking stock of current practice to sustaining new practices. Aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices requires educators to design effective systems and implement a strategic approach to capacity building, communication with stakeholders, and managing change. CCE team members work with schools, districts, and state departments of education to help faculty and administrators learn new tools and processes, design common practices, and create sustainable systems for change.
Professional Development Core Offerings
The CCE team brings an asset-based approach to professional learning. We begin with current practice, introduce practical tools and new ideas, and provide support for integrating learning into practice. While the technical tools are an important element, we also offer a collaborative process of learning, ultimately working to cultivate a mindset and culture of empowerment and continuous improvement.
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Design practices to authentically build relationships with all students and ensure that student perspectives and experiences are at the heart of teaching and learning. Identify ways to engage each student in rigorous and relevant learning based on their unique identities. Cultivate both teachers’ and students’ own cultural competence through learning about and developing pride in their own and other cultures.
- Competency-based Instructional Shifts (also proficiency- or mastery-based): Competency-based education opens up possibilities for new spaces for teaching and learning. CCE helps design practices including anytime-anywhere learning, community-based and workplace-based learning (community service, internships), project-based learning, and strategies for flexible grouping.
- Personalized Learning Principles and Practices: Tailor the educational experience for every student by embracing individual strengths, needs, interests, and culture. Elevate student voice and choice to raise engagement and achievement.
- Community of Practice Development and Facilitation: Build the foundations for collaborative learning groups through exploring how to establish norms for collaboration and use protocols. Facilitation training can provide a key pathway to developing teacher leaders.