Columbia University CPET Teachers’ Academy

To meet Hisar School’s goals of assessing school curriculum, exploring options to improve school curriculum design, and focusing on highly effective teaching practices and strategic instruction toward the mission of students “discovering and developing [their] true potential through critical thinking, effective collaboration and meaningful contributions as world citizens,” CPET* has developed a 2-year coaching overview to address the recommendations from the whole school review and comprehensive report. These options will be specially designed to meet the goals of this project and are flexible as we begin the project and want to offer even more customization.

The two-year proposal includes 5 seasonal visits where two CPET coaches will provide in-depth professional learning experiences on the focus topic of the school year, conduct classroom visits, and meet with school administrators and teacher leaders to support action planning for full implementation of the learning in the coaches’ absence. With two coaches, we will be able to support K-12 teachers in large group PD sessions, and provide direct, focused professional development with Middle School and High School teachers and administrators.

*CPET: The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) is an organization of Teachers College, Columbia University, that is devoted to advancing global capacities in teacher education, research and whole school reform. CPET has been a leader in providing professional development services to schools in New York City and beyond.

Brief Overview of Proposed Professional Development for K – 12, English, Math, and Science departments.
Year 1 –  Focus on Developing an Assessment System and School wide practices
Year 2 –  Focus on Critical Thinking Skills and Meta-Cognition

2019-2020 – Year 1
K-12 English, Math, Science Assessment System

  • Assessment Overview
  • Formative Assessment System
  • Designing Meaningful Tasks
  • Designing Reliable School-wide Rubrics
  • Designing an Assessment Schedule
Assessment Learning

  • Analyze student data from periodic assessment
  • Strategic planning from student work
  • Formative checks for understanding
  • Designing Reliable School-wide Rubrics
  • Analyzing student work – daily assessment
Online Support Online coaching sessions with school leaders to continue the work between visits.
2020-2021 – Year 2
Meta-Cognition/ Critical Thinking Skills/ Peer to Peer Discussion
K-12 English, Math, Science Meta-Cognitive Thinking Skills

  • Self-Awareness – Observation
  • Self-Reflection – Reflective Writing
  • Self-Analysis – Peer to Peer Reflective Discussion
  • Reflective progress over time – Strategies to visualize growth
Critical Thinking Skills

  • Understanding Application
  • Understanding Analysis
  • Understanding Synthesis
  • Understanding Evaluation
Creative & Collaborative Thinking Skills

  • Understanding Observation and Imagination
  • Understanding Strategic Collaboration
  • Understanding Questioning and Ambiguity
  • Understanding Multiple Mod
Online Support Online coaching sessions with school leaders to continue the work between visits.