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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

Summer Professional Learning Academy (PLA) will be August 6-10, 2018 at San Juan Hills High School.  Registration information now available on Truenorthlogic!

  • Brandman University's Irvine Campus is proud to be hosting the fourth annual California Teachers Summit on July 27, 2018. Click here for more information.
  • How to Reduce Stress and Improve Student Learning with Movement - August 2nd | 4:00PM-5:00PM Pacific | Webinar
  • Administrative Services Credential Clear Induction Program Info Session - August 14th | 11:00AM-12:00PM Pacific | Webinar
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Info Session - August 16th | 11:00AM-12:00PM Pacific | Webinar
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization/Certificate Info Session - September 12th | 4:00PM-5:00PM Pacific | Webinar
  • Please click here on the K-12 Events tab in the green box below to review and register for any of the upcoming free events/webinars.

  • Accepting Applications: Resilient Mindful Learner Project 2018-2019, click here for the flyerFall cohort begins on Monday, October 8, 2018. Application deadline is September 3, 2018. Spring Cohort begins on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Application deadline is December 17, 2018. Before applying please read about the project requirements at: to apply go to: for more info on the Resilient Mindful Learner Project go to:
  • July 21: Say Qué? Using Translanguaging and Arts-Oriented Pedagogy to Build [Bi]Literacy: Promoting Linguistic Inclusion in K-12 Classrooms, offered as part of California State University, Fullerton’s Inquiry & Innovation Professional Learning Series for Teachers. Half-day hands-on workshop for teachers, co-facilitated by Orange County teachers and university faculty. Free for K-12 teachers, CEUs available. Register at

C-STEM Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers



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