Professional Development

The ways in which educators engage in their schools, communities, and country are changing and expanding. The challenges of being a responsible, effective educator are more diverse and complicated than in years past. In order to meet these challenges educators must be exposed to a broader vision of the 21st century world.


Nineteen CPS teachers and administrators traveled as US ambassadors to Guatemala on a Culture & Topics in Education tour. Their goal was to gain a deeper understanding of the background of their Guatemalan immigrant students. They visited schools, met with government officials and visited families in order to gain deeper insight into the cultural and educational background of Guatemalans. The trip enhanced classroom curricular strategies and helped establish global contacts. Participants completed journals outlining the experiences and lessons learned.

2016. Eleven educators visited Guatemala over CPS’ spring break. Their journals are available via the link to Journals.Another group will tour Mexico summer 2016. Information on these opportunities.

Check the Photo Gallery to enjoy pictures of CPS educators in Guatemala.

The PREMIERE showing of the Guatemalan Culture & Topics in Education Tour Documentary:  Sowing Seeds, was presented Friday, January 8, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. in the CPS Education Center Interactive Learning Center to a crowd of approximately 75 interested viewers. This group was the first to view the fascinating documentary of the 19 educators’ adventures as they visited the home town, Quetzaltenango, of many of CPS’ Guatemalan immigrant families. The documentary highlighted 5 of the educators from their initial expectations to the reality and finally to its impact on their educational positions.