EDUC 650 Critical Friends Groups as Professional Learning Communities

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Project Vista Summer CFG Institute / EDUC 650 Critical Friends Groups as Professional Learning Communities

This 3-credit, 1-week intensive summer course is designed for practicing P-12 educators who are:

  1. considering a Masters degree in Education at CI
  2. bilingual and/or working in schools serving high numbers of English language learners and/or low-income families
  3. critical, reflective practitioners devoted to equity, access, and opportunity for all learners.

In addition to attending and actively participating in all parts of all course sessions and completing evening assignments, participants will be responsible for a culminating assignment following the 1-week institute. Students should anticipate the standard university expectation regarding the out-of-class time commitment for this culminating assignment (i.e., 2 hours out of class for every 1 hour in class).

What is a CFG?

The Critical Friends Group (CFG) model of a professional learning community promotes self-directed, inquiry-based, collegially supportive professional development. Participants learn strategies for creating a student-centered culture of evidence in their classrooms and schools.

Funded through Project Vista, a U.S. Department of Education Title V grant program, Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA).

Note: Students' experience in this course can be applied toward an MA in Education at CI.


July 27-July 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily


$150 registration fee

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a $500 stipend (provided through Project Vista, a Title V grant-funded initiative to increase enrollment of historically under-served and under-represented students in graduate programs at CI).


Email your completed application to Wendy Olson, Project Vista Coordinator, at

Applications need to be turned in by Monday, June 15, 2015.

Applications will be read and holistically evaluated by the Project Vista Summer CFG Institute instructional team (lead instructor, CFG coach, and two CFG coaching apprentices) using the four criteria named above. Successful applicants will be notified and provided a registration number and additional course information.


Contact lead instructor Kaia Tollefson: Madera Hall 1405 | 437-3125 |