Professional Development

Improving Teaching and Learning

The Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) offers professional development, training, and consulting services to principals, teachers, leadership teams, and districts. By sharing evidence-based 21st century innovations in learning, we help you raise student performance in culturally sensitive and uplifting ways.

CEI will customize our services to your needs. We can deliver them in-person on-site, remotely via the web, or in blended formats (combining in person and virtual)— including our Wow!™ approach.

2016 Offerings – Latest Certification Services

Mindfulness Workshops.  CEI is now offering Mindfulness awareness and training for teachers, principals, and students. Dr. Atiba Vheir, Dena Jayson, and Lisa Stepney each bring a unique perspective to mindfulness, healing trauma, and neuroscience. CEI Executive Director, Dr. Mason, also provides workshops on meditation, yoga, breathing, and heart beaming. Check out “our team” for bios for each.

Training and Certification for Ambassadors for Exam Performance. CEI is now collaborating with Exam Performance to provide supports to help Grade 4-12+ students do their best on standardized and academic tests. CEI is leading the effort to prepare educators to assist with the implementation of Exam Performance, a low cost alternative to increase student achievement. We are looking for retired teachers and principals, college students, and interns to be Ambassadors.  Contact  to learn more.

Heart Beaming® Certification. Heart Beaming provides a way to relieve stress, support student engagement, and add heart to your classroom. CEI is now training teachers and others to implement this program. Training includes special instruction in teaching heart beaming to PreK-12 students. Training will support CEI’s teacher friendly Heart Beaming booklet. If you have no prior yoga experience, we can arrange prerequisite training. Contact  to learn more.

Range of Services

We offer school leaders a wide range of professional development services:

  • Mentoring and coaching principals in innovations to become transformational leaders who support continuous improvement, build staff capacity and morale, and embrace data-driven decision-making. We are particularly focused on a collaboration with NAESP to develop principal mentoring for instructional leadership.
  • Closing the gap between what is known about student achievement and what is practiced in schools—particularly in the areas of rigor in the classroom; neuroscience; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and Heart Centered Education (our signature approach to social emotional learning compassion, courage, confidence, consciousness, and community).
  • Building conscious school communities through visioning and facilitating communication, leadership, and heart centered activities. CEI embraces cultural diversity in all aspects of our service delivery.
  • Designing protocol, curriculum, and instructional strategies harnessing data to personalize instruction in mixed-ability classrooms and increase student engagement and self-determination. Our approach is inclusive.  We help you personalize, differentiate, and scaffold instruction to meet the unique needs of students who are English language learners, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or other disabilities, or have specific gifts and talents.
  • Unleashing every school’s potential to be a great school—building on the strengths and interests of  the schools while introducing innovations and improving practices.

Customized Training

CEI’s team offers cutting-edge, practical, hands-on workshops to lead your school or district to excellence, such as our Rigor Workshops and STEM Workshops. We also offer training modules customized to meet your individual school or district’s needs. Our training modules can be delivered in one- to three-hour sessions or combined into multi-day workshops. Please select a training module category below to learn more about our them.

Please contact Dr. Christine Mason at or (800) 386-2377 for more information on pricing and/or bringing CEI’s professional development services to your school, district, or conference. To design a customized approach for your school, district, or conference, we offer two hours of free consultation.