Who We Are

Teacher Training

Our teachers with our students are the heart of our learning community.

They arrive at CPSC with a variety of experiences in life, and in public, public charter, private, and/or other non-profit educational environments. Over 75% of our teachers hold teaching licenses and related certifications, expanding our capabilities and educational expertise.

All new teachers participate in a week-long New Teacher Orientation in the summer. In the essential CPSC spirit of building community and transferring institutional knowledge, teachers in their first and second years at CPSC partner with a peer mentor to develop in key areas we value. In keeping with our commitment to cultivating an equitable workplace and world, all teachers at our school participate in the Racial Equity Institute (REI) in their initial years at CPSC.

Professional Development

Regular professional development is provided to all teachers, new and experienced, in the following areas with local, state, national, and international community partners:

  • Project Based Learning (PBL) with our PBL Committee, teacher leaders, and PBLWorks.org.
  • Outdoor Learning with our Outdoor Learning Committee, and partnerships with the Museum of Life and Science, The Natural Learning Initiative, Sankofa Farms, Seeds, Stone Brothers & Byrd, and other community partners.
  • Integrated Arts with local Artists in Residence, the Durham Arts Council, ADF American Dance Festival, the Nasher Museum, and other community partners.
  • Social Emotional Learning with our Culture Team, Director of Culture & Citizenship, Peaceful Schools NC, and the International Institute of Restorative Practices.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) with our CPSC Equity Coach, Village of Wisdom, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition
  • Mindfulness with our Mindfulness Committee, teacher leaders, and MindfulSchools.org.