The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) is devoted to advancing global capacities in teacher education, research and whole school reform. Since 2002, we have been advocates for excellence and equity in education through direct service to youth and educators, leaders in innovative school projects that promote students’ Write to Achieve, invested in international research that examines and advocates for the highest quality instructional and assessment practices today, and building sustainable school partnerships that leverage current policy and mandates to raise literacy levels and embed collaborative communities of learning. Uniting theory and practice, we promote rigorous and relevant scholarship and are committed to making excellent education accessible worldwide.
We work hard to meet the needs of teachers and school leaders within their own context. As they're striving to meet ever-changing standards, we’re striving to bridge gaps between theory, research, policy and practice. As we design professional development projects -- which include job-embedded coaching, workshop series, institutes, and retreats -- we’re constantly examining how our promising practices can be solidified even as we support schools to manage evolving mandates.Through this examination, we’ve come to identify five principles of practice, also known as the 5Cs: cycles of inquiry, communities of practice, contextualized practice, cultivation of strengths, and critical reflection.
Communities of practice
Cycles of inquiry
As educators, we must maintain a commitment to the inquiry process in which we identify challenges, pose questions, implement interventions, and monitor for improvements. It is this quest for understanding that fosters a learning community and helps us to evolve to meet the changing needs of our partners.