The University Professional & Continuing Education Association Central Region presented the Council for Public School Improvement with the 2015 UPCEA Central Region Mature Noncredit Program Award at its meeting last month in Madison, Wisconsin.
The program was selected based on six stringent criteria: cost effectiveness, longevity, innovation, diversity, quality, and contribution to adult/continuing education. John Bergkamp, Valley Heights superintendent and CPSI board member explains teachers and students are the beneficiaries of CPSI programming.
“Educators are able to learn from the best of the best in the field and are able to return to their classrooms with strategies and tools they can implement immediately,” Bergkamp said. “With limited budgets and the challenge of sending educators to far off locations for important staff development opportunities, CPSI has afforded Kansas districts the chance to gain relevant and research-based professional development on a continuous basis.”
The CPSI program was founded in 1986 as a partnership program between the K-State College of Education and school districts in Kansas. Program objectives include fostering improvement at all levels of public education and developing and implementing collaborative networks and professional development opportunities within school districts and the university.