The Center offers a series of cost-effective and powerful professional learning institutes.  These team-centered experiences provide research-based frameworks, powerful adult learning, and practical tools that are readily transferred back into district, schools, and classrooms.

Acceleration Workshop
Planning and enacting curriculum and instruction to vault into the next school year and keep moving!

These virtual workshop sessions are intended for instructional leaders (superintendents, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, and department chairs) and teacher teams of all levels. They address planning and delivering curriculum and instruction for students coming back to school after an extended absence by accelerating learning, rather than focusing on remediation, review, or other deficit thinking.

Intended Outcomes
Session One: For INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS: Setting policy, identifying programmatic approaches, communication, supporting teachers. How do instructional leaders create the conditions for acceleration?
Session Two: For instructional leaders AND teacher teams: Focus on acceleration through curriculum compacting. What tools and processes do you need to decide what to teach?
Session Three: For instructional leaders AND teacher teams: Focus on acceleration through instruction: What does this actually look like in the classroom?

Dates: August 3, 5, & 7
Times: 9am – 11am each day
Pricing: $600 for a team of up to 14/$1000 for a team of 15 or more

Acceleration Workshop Flyer
Register here!

How Do You Become an Antiracist When You Don’t Know How to Talk About Race?
A primer for educators who want to step up and promote racial equity in schools

Take the first step to becoming an antiracist educator.  This two-day virtual workshop will provide participants with an interactive opportunity to identify and disrupt existing personal beliefs and actions that contribute to systemic racism.

Part 1:  July 20, 2020 from 1pm – 3pm
Part 2: July 23, 2020 from 9am – 11am

View the flyer here!
Register here!  Registration is limited to 50 participants and will close no later than July 16

Virtual Re-Opening Schools Design Workshop

In this re-opening workshop, the CCSC staff will help district teams use powerful frameworks, apply research and tools for determining the most critical questions, and  design optimal answers related to four topic areas:  planning and governance, teaching and learning, wellness, and operations.

This design workshop consists of four 90-minute sessions, each with tools, access to leading research and practice, and  opportunities for district teams to collaborate.  In addition, each team will receive a full day of coaching from a designated staff member.

Rhode Island School Districts – Registration now open!
Thursday, June 25 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Tuesday, June 30 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Thursday, July 2 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Tuesday, July 7 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location:  Online
Click here for the flyer and to register!

Dates: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 24, 2020 – REGISTRATION FULL
Time: Each session will run 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Online
Click here for the flyer and to learn more!
Register here!

Supplemental sessions for coaches and supervisors – REGISTRATION FULL
Dates: June 17 & July 1, 2020
Times: 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: Online
Click here for the flyer and to register!

Coaching for Equity

We invite educators with training and experience in coaching to join us in lovely Madison to work on coaching specifically as it relates to equity.  The workshop is facilitated by Kerry Lord and Isobel Stevenson.  We will discuss the psychological underpinnings of coaching as they pertain to equity, and also the challenges and opportunities of coaching outside of our personal or cultural identity groups.

Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, CT
Click here for the flyer!
Email us to be put on the wait list:

Coaching In-Depth

Join us in lovely Madison for a day of coaching theory, practice, and reflection led by Kerry Lord and Isobel Stevenson.  This workshop is for educators with some training and experience in coaching who want to come together to hear new ideas, share with other coaches, practice coaching, and reflect on their work.  Be ready to use your device to record your coaching. Bring challenges you’d like to talk about. And above all, wear comfortable shoes!

Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, CT
Click here for the flyer!
Register here! 

3-Day Coaching Institute

This institute focuses on developing coaching skills in line with school or district strategy.  It includes learning and practicing listening, questioning, and giving feedback, as well as coaching methods designed to support strategic thinking and problem-solving.  The institute is designed to support leaders and coaches at all levels.

Upcoming dates:  September 10, 16, & 22, 2020
Location: Mercy by the Sea, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, CT
Click here for the flyer.
Register here.

Strategy Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide educational leaders with conceptual framework and tools to design, refine, and measure an organizational strategy for instructional improvement.  Participants will receive feedback from their peers and support from the facilitators.  There will be time for participants to work individually and in small groups.  The workshop will conclude with an opportunity to pressure test your approach to continuous improvement.  If you don’t already have a district-wide stance on high-quality instruction then you should come on the morning of day one, all other participants should join at noon that day.

Upcoming dates: Stay tuned for 2020 dates
Location: TBD

District Leadership Retreats

The Center offers a variety of tailored leadership institutes to fit your district’s needs.  Contact us today to schedule yours.
(860) 586-2340

Click here for the flyer.

Equity Institute:  Leading for Equitable Classrooms

Housed at the Wadsworth Atheneum, this two-day institute is offered in proximity to powerful and moving collections from both the Wadsworth and the Amistad Center for Arts and Culture. Utilizing these poignant images as backdrop and fodder, we launch deep conversations and exercises aimed at examining the impact of racism, privilege, and bias on learning and our educational systems. Over these two days, district teams engage in strategic planning for equitable access, experiences, and positive outcomes for all students.

Upcoming dates:  Stay tuned for 2020 dates!
Location: The Wadsworth Atheneum, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Instructional Rounds Institute

This two-day institute is designed to develop a focused, comprehensive strategy that supports a coherent and consistent understanding of high-quality instruction. Elements include strategic planning, coaching and methodology for detailed implementation, measurement, and participation. The Center also provides onsite coaching to support school-based rounds for institute participants. Learn more about Instructional Rounds.

Contact us to learn more:



Easily, the most engaging and important PD I have ever attended!

Leading for Equitable Classrooms Institute participant, 2018

The entire workshop was useful – start to finish. I had no prior experience with Instructional Rounds, and this workshop was super informative and very engaging. I really like how it was laid out – the first day of learning in the morning and practicing, and then going live the next day. I really enjoyed the discussions within our groups. I enjoyed it all.

Instructional Rounds Institute participant, 2019

Contact us for more information

Contact Us
Contact Us