A collaborative effort between California Department of Education and the Private School Community to provide high quality professional development to private school faculty and staff at no cost to attendees.

2018-19 Professional Development Events

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Reading Informational Texts

Students often struggle with reading informational texts. This two-day, grade level specific (K-5 and 6-12) workshop will provide tools to help you scaffold classroom instruction.

Presented by Dr. Rebecca Chirchick and Christine Lam.

To register, click on the date/location below, or go to the event page.

June 17-18, 2019: K-5 workshop, Redlands Christian School, Redlands, CA

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Two-Day Differentiated Instruction Institute

Spend two days in a deeper examination of effective approaches to addressing the individual needs of your students.

Presented by Dr. Rebecca Chirchick and Christine Lam.

To register, click on the date/location below, or go to the event page.

June 19-20, 2019: Redlands Christian School, Redlands, CA

June 24-25, 2019: California Crosspoint Academy, Hayward, CA

June 26-27, 2019: Circle City Center, Corona, CA

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Four Day Summer NGSS Institute

Spend four days with your private school colleagues delving into the most effective tools and methods for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Presented by The California Science Project a statewide support network for teacher professional learning and leadership development.

To register, click on the date/location below, or go to the event page.

June 17-20, 2019: CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA

June 24-27, 2019: CSU Northridge, Northridge, CA

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Two-Day Project Based Learning Workshop

Make learning real and meaningful through Project Based Learning (PBL) in your classroom. Learn the essentials for true PBL and how to plan for authentic instruction.

To register, click on the date/location below, or go to the event page.

July 16-17 Grades PK-6 Corona

July 18-19 Grades 7-12 Corona

July 22-23 Grades PK-6 Montclair

July 23-25 Grades 7-12 Montclair

July 29-30 Grades PK-6 Sacramento

July 31 - August 1 Grades 7-12 Sacramento

September 16-17 Grades PK-6 San Diego

September 18-19 Grades 7-12 San Diego

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Leadership in Independent and Private Schools

A two-day institute for aspiring, beginner, and seasoned administrators. Day one will explore what it means to lead in an independent or private school. Day two will apply what was learned on day one to ten critical issues currently confronting school leaders.

Presented by John Gulla and Olaf Jorgenson, Ed D.

To register, click on the date/location or go to the event page.

August 5 & 6, 2019 Almaden Country Day School, San Jose, CA


Equitable Services for Private School Students Under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Are you maximizing the resources available to you as a non-profit, private school? There may be more resources available to your school. A one-day, face-to-face workshop and a series of three webinars will explore Title IIA, Title II, and Title IVA of ESSA.

In-person workshops (click on location/date below to register):

Sacramento - September 11, 2019

Montclair - September 17, 2019

San Diego - September 18, 2019


Trauma Informed Instruction

Trauma resulting from overwhelming experiences has the power to disturb the development of a student’s academic and socio-emotional development. Research tells us that we can improve a child’s chances of overcoming traumatic experiences by emphasizing four key areas:

1. Developing relationships 2. Teaching self-regulation 3. Cultivating success in academic and non-academic areas 4.increasing emotional and physical well-being

This two day, grade level specific workshop will increase understanding of the impact of trauma on learning, expand knowledge of non-academic supports and academic supports strategies.

To register, click on the date/location.


August 5-6 (PK-6 grade)

August 7-8 (7-12 grade)

San Diego

October 7-8 (PK-6 grade)

October 9-10 (7-12 grade)


December 2-3 (PK-6 grade)

December 4-5 (7-12 grade)


Colleague Coaching and Mentoring Workshop

For principals, heads of schools, and teacher leaders who want to improve their mentoring skills!

This two and a half day professional development will help you develop skills to support teachers. Each pariticpant will recieve a FREE copy of the third edition of Mentoring Matters to take home with them.

This workshop is open to any California private school educator who is interested, but it is required training for anyone who will be working as a colleague coach for our induction program.

This event will run from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM on August 7 and 8. It will run from 8:45 AM to Noon on August 9.

Please click on the location and date below to register for the event:

Montclair - August 7 - 9


STEM in the PK-8 Classroom

This workshop is delivered in two sessions for each grade span (Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8) and will focus on providing teachers with an opportunity to learn how to implement STEM in their classrooms immediately; create low-cost/no-cost STEM activities; and collaborate with grade-span peers.

To register, click on the date/location.


San Diego

August 14 (PK-2 grade)

August 15 (3-5 grade)

August 16 (6-8 grade)


September 23 (PK-2 grade)

September 24 (3-5 grade)

September 25 (6-8 grade)


October 23 (PK-2 grade)

October 24 (3-5 grade)

October 25 (6-8 grade)



November 11 (PK-2 grade)

November 12 (3-5 grade)

November 13 (6-8 grade)


November 18 (PK-2 grade)

November 19 (3-5 grade)

November 20 (6-8 grade)

San Diego

December 9 (PK-2 grade)

December 10 (3-5 grade)

December 11 (6-8 grade)