Professional Development Opportunities

Mindfulness and Positivity Project 

Educator Wellness Retreat (In-Person at The Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave.)

  • Interactive and experiential 
  • Learn the science and research supporting mindfulness and positive psychology 
  • Gain practical skills to tame the wandering mind and regulate emotions 
  • Spend time applying new strategies, engaging in well- studied practices to improve life-satisfaction and promote a sense of ease 
  • Enjoy the beauty of nature in a serene setting 
  • 9am-3pm 
  • Stipend provided OR 7.5 contact hours
  • Lunch provided 



Register for ONE day ONLY: 

5/31/23 Retreat Registration

6/1/23 Retreat Registration

6/2/23 Retreat Registration


CDE Evaluation and Supervision Training (In-Person at D49 Creekside Success Center) 

This training is for teachers and/or administrators to become Approved Teacher Evaluators on CDE's current rubric. Principals can send any leader from their school to become an approved Teacher Evaluator in order to support the evaluation process in their school. Participants will review the Colorado teacher and service provider rubrics, review Colorado law for teacher evaluation, learn about the timelines for evaluation, understand key components of effective feedback and better understand best practices. The goal is to be an impactful evaluator with an understanding of the continuous improvement model concerning teacher’s on-going growth and supervision. Participants will earn a certificate allowing them to serve as a teacher evaluator in their school.  Certificate is good for two years after completion.  


Monday April 3rd 8:30am to 3:30pm (Full Day)

Friday May 12th 8:30 to 11:30am (Half Day) 

**Must attend both days** 




School Leader: Building Facilitation & Public Speaking Skills (In-Person at PPBOCES) 

Let our experienced trainers show you how to avoid public speaking anxiety! Develop your confidence and speak with clarity, authenticity, and passion every time you speak and facilitate publicly. 


Sarah Grimm, Owner and Founder of Visionary Learning, and Dr. Tami Taylor, Learning Experience Designer at Visionary Learning, are passionate about making learning exciting and engaging.


With over 40 years of combined educational experience, much of their work at Visionary Learning is focused on helping schools deliver high-quality instruction for Multilingual Learners. Through this work, they have trained and developed teachers, school leaders, and facilitators to create engaging presentations for learners at all levels. They understand what a challenge it can be when you are tasked to speak in front of a group. In this session, they will share tips and tricks that are easy to use and will increase your confidence each time you present or speak in front of an audience. 


Wednesday, March 8th 12:30 to 3:30pm (Half Day) 



English Language Learner Trainings (Virtual, Asynchronous)

  • Meets the CDE required 45 contact hours (CDE Information
  • Aligned with CDE’s Standard Matrix 
  • Approved CDE training provider 
  • Asynchronous online sessions (self-paced) 
  • Register using the link below




Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences with Positive Childhood Experiences (In-Person at PPBOCES) 

El Paso County Public Health aims to educate child- and youth- serving organizations to understand not only the impact of childhood trauma but also how to implement strategies to prevent or mitigate the effects of toxic stress caused by childhood trauma.  Through building nurturing relationships and providing positive experiences and safe environments for children to live, play, and learn, individuals, or organizations, can contribute to the healthy development and well-being of the children in our community.  Link to Flyer


Friday March 3rd 8am to 11:30am -- Essential Question: How does trauma show up at school and why? 

Friday March 17th 8am to 11:30am – Essential Question: How do we address trauma at school? 

**Must attend both days**



Adaptive Schools Training: (In-person at PPBOCES)

This is a four-day training and in order to receive credit, participants must be able to attend all four days.  It is recommended that at least two participants from a school attend together.  This training supports the creation of strong school community groups through the development of effective leadership in all stakeholder groups.  


Winter Cohort

Monday, February 6, 2023
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Monday, March 13, 2023
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 

All days are 8:30 to 4pm 


Winter/Spring Cohort

Monday, February 27, 2023
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Monday, May 8, 2023
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 

All days are 8:30 to 4pm 





The Adaptive Schools Foundation and Advanced Seminars present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the resources and capacities of the organization and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society. 


The training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching, and learning.