Professional Development

Professional Development / Staff Training

CCI trains the staff of its clients to turnkey its approaches for career explorations, community organizing, cultural education and relationship building. CCI provides professional development in multiple formats to ensure that staff will be able to access and retain the content of the trainings. These formats include: one-to-one mentoring, small and large group workshops, facilitator guides, retreats and webinars. In addition to covering our approaches to youth development, CCI provides professional development on a range of pedagogical and organizational topics, including the Danielson Framework, school leadership, evaluations, and recruitment and retention strategies.

  • Mentoring: CCI provides teachers and other professionals with one-to-one research support, collaborative lesson planning and instructional coaching. Mentoring gives practitioners the most effective form of professional development: ongoing, individualized support as they design and then implement lessons, while allowing space for feedback and adjustments along the way.
  • Workshops and webinars: CCI workshops are designed to incorporate the experiences of the participants. Workshops feature engaging activities and audio/visual presentations to maintain participants’ attention. Additionally, CCI provides research and templates to give added substance to the trainings. CCI also customizes webinars to meet the training and scheduling needs of its clients.

    Please click the following links to see sample workshops on management, social enterprising, and community organizing:

  • Conferences and retreats: CCI conferences and retreats provide extended and diverse learning experiences for professionals. Since 2014, CCI has collaborated with Lehman College – School of Education under the leadership of Dr. David Fletcher to have the Annual Restorative Practices Conference in the Bronx. Topics include approaches and protocols found to be effective in changing whole school cultures from being retributive to being restorative; the social, emotional and academic development of youth supported by trauma-informed practices; and the critical need for culturally responsive teaching to support the building of restorative schools. More than 300 educators participate in 30 different restorative practice workshops offered at the annual conference.
  • Staff Institutes: CCI’s staff institutes provide an engaging professional development experience to employees. They sessions are customized in response to critical questions identified by the client to ensure the responsiveness of the trainings. The institutes are delivered by educational and human service professionals with significant experience and expertise in the field. Each session is for two hours, with an additional hour after each session to provide one-to-one technical assistance to employees as needed.


Program Directors’ Institute

The Legacy Institute for cultural education and community engagement

The Peace Institute for relationship education, conflict management/resolution and restorative practices