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Customized Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Consulting 

FOR educators, school and district leaders, and counselors …

designed and provided BY educators, school and district leaders, and counselors!


CPI can assist your organization with your professional development and training goals — we have expertise in a wide array of evidence-informed practices that contribute to safe schools, positive climate, and supporting all learners.

Please call (207) 415-0996 or email at to schedule a free consultation for your CUSTOMIZED professional development experience!

CPI offers customizable, dynamic and relevant trainings for all school leaders, teachers, and staff in:

  • Adolescent Brain Development and Cognitive Neuroscience for Learning, Behavior, and Engagement
  • Restorative Practices and Adopting a School-wide Restorative Mindset
  • A, B, C’s of Classroom Behavior
  • Relational Education
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Differentiation Strategies for English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Differentiation Strategies for Students of Special Education
  • Mindfulness Practices in Schools
  • Establishing a Service-Learning Curriculum
  • Community Building for a Positive School Climate
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Alternative Learning Pathways

Who We Are

Our CPI team members were among the first practitioners in Maine to implement school-wide restorative practices, transforming the way teachers, students, and parents think about and respond to problematic behaviors. In 2003, the team assumed leadership of a regional alternative school/day treatment program for students with severe behavioral and mental health issues, and replaced reactive, punitive, 1-size-fits-all discipline (like detention, suspension, expulsion) with a restorative approach. Within that first school year, behavior referrals were reduced by 60%, days missed due to suspensions were reduced by more than 75% and expulsions were eliminated entirely. Throughout the following decade, the team continued to evaluate and refine their Restorative Learning Program with support from state and federal grants and private donations. Today, the school is recognized for its positive school culture and its capacity for engaging and supporting many of Maine’s most challenging students.

CPI was founded in 2015. Founding CPI members:  Page Nichols, Craig Haims, Martin Mackey, Susan Burns Chong, and Pender Makin

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