The Center for Professional Development
In 2010, Peak to Peak Charter School launched its Center for Professional Development (CPD), an office dedicated to creating collaborative educational partnerships designed to maximize student achievement. As a nationally celebrated charter school, Peak to Peak regularly receives requests for advice, support, or resources from other schools and educational institutions. Because the school recognizes its responsibility as an educational leader, the CPD was designed to respond to those requests.
The CPD’s purpose is two-fold. First, it oversees professional development for Peak to Peak faculty and operational staff, and creates opportunities to serve as consultants, mentors, workshop leaders, and instructional coaches. Second, it facilitates partnerships to provide collaborative, research-based professional development services to other schools and institutions (schools, districts, universities, etc.). Partnerships are custom-tailored to the needs of each partner institution, and are designed to be relevant and transformative for educators in all stages of their careers.
CPD partnerships take on a variety of forms, from providing partner schools with curriculum consultants to offering workshops in best practices to providing state-approved induction services. CPD consultants collaborate with partners across the state of Colorado and beyond, whether partnering with the Boulder Valley School District to provide pre-AP training to BVSD middle school teachers, leading workshops on student engagement at an alternative high school in the Denver Public School District, exploring pedagogical best practices with the Health Professions faculty at Metro State University, or providing induction programs for initially-licensed teachers in rural charter schools.