Professional Learning & Development

CEI helps teachers and school leaders hone their skills and adopt innovative practices by providing them with a range of professional learning and development opportunities:

  • Embedded Professional Development – CEI has an extensive field team of specialists in all aspects of public education, including curriculum and instruction, special education, English language learners, school leadership, scheduling, budgeting, facilities development and much more. We “embed” these specialists with educators in our schools so that they can help teachers and school leaders adopt and adapt effective practices in the “real world” of their own schools and classrooms.
  • Professional Learning Communities – Professional Learning Communities, or “PLCs,” are educators who meet to collectively improve student learning and achievement. PLCs engage in a continuous cycle of collaborative inquiry questioning based on classroom practices in effort to build a shared knowledge as professionals. CEI has been advancing the use of PLCs at the school level since 2007 when we partnered with New York University’s Metro Learning Communities, directed by Dr. Joe McDonald, to create a comprehensive program to certify teachers as PLC Coaches. Learn more >> 
  • Workshops and Conferences – CEI offers regular workshops and conferences to help New York City public schools meet the citywide goals for professional developing, including: sharing expertise and resources across schools, growing organizational capacity for long-term success, developing pathways for continuous improvement for all members of a school community, and increase student achievement.