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Professional Learning

Mission Statement

The mission of Capistrano Unified School District Professional Learning is to positively impact student achievement through a coordinated program that offers relevant and meaningful learning experiences for educators. 

For more on the standards for professional learning visit the Learning Forward website:

Guiding Principles and Practices

The purpose of Professional Learning in Capistrano Unified School District is for all staff members to develop the knowledge, skills, practices, and dispositions to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.  The following principles and practices guide our work to provide world-class professional learning opportunities for all Capistrano Unified School District employees.

Guiding Principles

We believe that Professional Learning that improves achievement for all students and the effectiveness of all employees provides…

  • Support of our District Vision, Mission, and Wildly Important Goals

  • Modeling of the Great First Instruction we expect in all classrooms

  • Adult learning that is self-directed, goal oriented, relevant, and practical

  • Research-based learning opportunities that utilize the Standards for Professional Learning

  • Tools to enhance our Professional Learning Communities

Guiding Practices

The following practices illustrate these principles in action:

  • Develop professional learning based on data and needs identified by staff aligned to personal, department, school, and district improvement goals

  • Establish and communicate clear content and language objectives that provide clear purpose for the learning and connection to improving student outcomes

  • Frequent interactions embed grouping and collaborative structures to capitalize on the personal knowledge and experience of all participants

  • Leveling up the learning by moving away from “sit and get” to “learner-centered” processing to interacting to practicing to applying to redesigning

  • Differentiation of learning that engages all learners

  • Checks for understanding to actively assess the needs of staff throughout the learning

  • Develop all professional learning with a long term plan for continuous and on-going support that allows significant time to grapple with new ideas and concepts  (Follow-up training, on-site coaching, team coaching, funding, etc.)

  • Solicit input and feedback to improve future professional learning opportunities, personalize support, and provide choice to learners.

  • Provide time for individual and/or team reflection so that all learners can develop commitments and next steps

  • Establish norms for participants active engagement in learning

Professional Learning Opportunities

Registration information now available on Truenorthlogic!

OCDE National Board Certification for Teachers Informational Meeting

September 27, 2018 click here for flyer.

Additional webinars available:

How To Develop an Inclusive and Diverse Workplace

September 19th | 11AM-12PM Pacific | Webinar

Join Dr. Shawn Andrews, diversity and inclusion expert, as she discusses strategies to develop a diverse and inclusive workplace. Participants will explore the different stages organizations go through to establish this process. Organizations start with diversity awareness, progress to active diversity management, and evolve to becoming inclusive.

Resolving Conflict in the Workplace

October 3rd | 11AM-12PM Pacific | Webinar

Conflict happens in every workplace environment, but it doesn’t need to bring negative results. Effectively managed conflict can lead to strengthening relationships and trust. Participants will learn techniques to handle conflict and identify their causes. With conflicts in the workplace leading to loss of productivity, it is important to be able to examine what we can do differently. This webinar will provide you with tools you can implement immediately.

Please click on the here to register for any of the webinars above.


Illuminate Webinar Opportunities

DnA Fall Webinar Series
9/10: Getting To Know You: Who are My Students, Where are They Academically & What do They Need To Know?

DnA Learning Expedition
9/20 and 9/27 Back to School Back Pack

DnA Overview
9/24 and 10/22

ISI Falltastic Fun Webinar Series
9/12: Student Course Relationships
9/27: Attendance Letters


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