NCPA is a learning community that maintains a strong commitment to professional development and values the collective and individual learning of all its members.
As a World Language Initiative School, NCPA provides multiple opportunities for all new hires to become skilled in English Language Acquisition. This begins on site with the first of a three course International EAL certification. Teachers may commit their individual yearly PD allowance and a school-provided dollar match to complete the second and third courses and obtain this new certification.
Additionally, NCPA believes ongoing professional development lies at the heart of good teaching and learning and consequently provides an annual individual PD allowance, an advancement fund that can support the pursuit of a higher or additional degree of professional expertise, multiple opportunities for school-sponsored PD in areas such as Adaptive Schools, Instructional Coaching, Advanced Placement, and a number of school days dedicated to professional learning in many areas. The area of faculty focus for 2015-15 is the development and practice of excellent formative assessment.