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The following statements describe the Fresno Pacific University Center for Professional Development workshops. Further inquiries may be directed to the Center for Professional Development office at 1-800-372-5505 or 559-453-3673.

Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and colleges and authorized to offer coursework through the Center for Professional Development. The FPU Center for Professional Development courses serve a distinct audience consisting of practicing preschool through grade fourteen teachers and administrators. The primary goal of the Center is to meet the needs of school districts and provide courses that will strengthen the teachers, the school district, and the students they serve.

CPM course offerings fall into the 1000 series, which are professional development workshops and conferences primarily designed for students who have baccalaureate degrees and appropriate teaching credentials. These courses are post-baccalaureate, professional development units that are not part of a degree program, but are designed in collaboration with school districts to meet specific staff development needs. Students should seek approval of appropriate district or college officials before enrolling in these courses to satisfy any degree, state credential, or local school district requirements.

The FPU transcript legend reads as follows for workshops:

Course NumberCourse Category
1000-1999Graduate-level university credit offered through the Center for Professional  Development for workshops and conferences, and not part of a degree program.

FPU General Enrollment Procedures & Policies: 

Enrollment: Enrollment in workshops for which Fresno Pacific University Center for Professional Development units are offered is possible during the first two class sessions. Students must complete an Online Registration (see instructions below).

Refunds: A full refund for tuition, less a $40 handling fee, will be granted if a course is dropped before the course is 50% completed. After the halfway point, no tuition refund will be issued. Grades: A grade of Credit/No Credit (CR or NC) will be issued for all coursework. Credit is equivalent to a B grade or better. Letter grades are not issued.

Transcripts: Official Transcripts may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office of Fresno Pacific University AFTER the grade has been posted by the CPD Office. Login/create an account on our CPD website at and click on View My Classes, Final Grade Report and/or Order Transcripts.

CPM Professional Learning Course Registration

Credit is available at $80 per semester unit, payable to Fresno Pacific University by the participant. Students wishing to obtain university credit for a CPM Professional Learning course must enroll with CPM first, and then register with FPU to earn credit. Students MUST register with FPU within ONE WEEK of the last workshop meeting (either in person or online synchronous).

Please follow these instructions to enroll and register: 

  1. Go to the CPM Professional Learning Portal event catalog to log in and/or create an account and enroll in a CPM Professional Learning course.

  2. Go to to access all CPM courses that are offered for credit.

  3. Click on the course name/course number for which you’d like to register and ‘Add to cart’.

  4. Complete the ‘create account’ registration/payment process as directed. If you already have an online account with Continuing Education proceed with the course payment as directed. NOTE: Please indicate the location of the CPM workshop (City, State) in the comments field of the registration form. Upon successful submission, you will receive an email response confirming receipt of the registration/payment.

  5. Upon receipt of the registration/payment, Fresno Pacific Center for Professional Development will register each student and return a course roster to CPM to assign grades. The grades are Credit/No Credit (CR or NC). Credit is equivalent to a B grade or above; letter grades are not issued.

  6. Upon receipt of the assigned grades from CPM, Fresno Pacific Center for Professional Development will post the grades and notify each student by email. Please note that it could take 2-4 weeks after the  end of the course for the grades to be submitted to FPU.

  7. Students may request a transcript after receiving a grade notification email from FPU. Sign in to the CE website, click on ‘My Account’ then ‘Final Grade Report’ or ‘Order Transcript.’

We are delighted that you have decided to attend a CPM Professional Learning course. To maximize your learning experience, please take a few minutes to read the CPM Participant Handbook. The handbook provides an overview of the CPM curricular program, details regarding academic policies, and an outline of additional educational services provided.

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Algebra Tiles Session

  • Used throughout CPM middle and high school courses
  • Concrete, geometric representation of algebraic concepts.
  • Two-hour virtual session,
  •  Learn how students build their conceptual understanding of simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Solving equations using these tools.  
  • Determining perimeter,
  • Combining like terms,
  • Comparing expressions,
  • Solving equations
  • Use an area model to multiply polynomials,
  • Factor quadratics and other polynomials, and
  • Complete the square.
  • Support the transition from a concrete (manipulative) representation to an abstract model of mathematics..

Foundations for Implementation

This professional learning is designed for teachers as they begin their implementation of CPM. This series contains multiple components and is grounded in multiple active experiences delivered over the first year. This learning experience will encourage teachers to adjust their instructional practices, expand their content knowledge, and challenge their beliefs about teaching and learning. Teachers and leaders will gain first-hand experience with CPM with emphasis on what they will be teaching. Throughout this series educators will experience the mathematics, consider instructional practices, and learn about the classroom environment necessary for a successful implementation of CPM curriculum resources.

Page 2 of the Professional Learning Progression (PDF) describes all of the components of this learning event and the additional support available. Teachers new to a course, but have previously attended Foundations for Implementation, can choose to engage in the course Content Modules in the Professional Learning Portal rather than attending the entire series of learning events again.

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Building on Instructional Practice Series

The Building on Instructional Practice Series consists of three different events – Building on Discourse, Building on Assessment, Building on Equity – that are designed for teachers with a minimum of one year of experience teaching with CPM instructional materials and who have completed the Foundations for Implementation Series.

Building on Equity

In Building on Equity, participants will learn how to include equitable practices in their classroom and support traditionally underserved students in becoming leaders of their own learning. Essential questions include: How do I shift dependent learners into independent learners? How does my own math identity and cultural background impact my classroom? The focus of day one is equitable classroom culture. Participants will reflect on how their math identity and mindsets impact student learning. They will begin working on a plan for Chapter 1 that creates an equitable classroom culture. The focus of day two and three is implementing equitable tasks. Participants will develop their use of the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Meaningful Mathematical Discussions and curate strategies for supporting all students in becoming leaders of their own learning. Participants will use an equity lens to reflect on and revise their Chapter 1 lesson plans.

Building on Assessment

In Building on Assessment, participants will apply assessment research and develop methods to provide feedback to students and inform equitable assessment decisions. On day one, participants will align assessment practices with learning progressions and the principle of mastery over time as well as write assessment items. During day two, participants will develop rubrics, explore alternate types of assessment, and plan for implementation that supports student ownership. On the third day, participants will develop strategies to monitor progress and provide evidence of proficiency with identified mathematics content and practices. Participants will develop assessment action plans that will encourage continued collaboration within their learning community.

Building on Discourse

In Building on Discourse, participants will improve their ability to facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse. This learning experience will encourage participants to adjust their instructional practices in the areas of sharing math authority, developing independent learners, and the creation of equitable classroom environments. Participants will plan for student learning by using teaching practices such as posing purposeful questioning, supporting productive struggle, and facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse. In doing so, participants learn to support students collaboratively engaged with rich tasks with all elements of the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices incorporated through intentional and reflective planning.