Professional Development

Pepper: Common Core Online Professional Development for Teachers

Gain access to a comprehensive set of self-paced courses and resources designed to build knowledge of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and confidence in teaching under CCSS. Pepper online courses are based on trusted curricula, resources, and research.

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Who Will Benefit

  • K-12 Teachers
  • School and District Administrators
  • Charter Schools
  • State Education Agencies

What You Will Learn

Through Pepper — developed by WestEd in partnership with PCG Education — teachers and administrators join a vibrant, growing, online network of educators dedicated to effective implementation of the Common Core.

Pepper professional development courses span K-12 and cover core subject areas and topics, including:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Writing and Poetry
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • Digital Citizenship
  • English Language Learners
  • Leadership
  • Special Education

There are 22 full-length Pepper courses, each designed to provide 10 hours of learning that includes offline practice and application.

In addition, there are 24 Pepper Online Workshops, which are minicourses, each designed to provide 1 hour of learning time. There is no specific required sequence in which to take the courses, which are designed for people to be able to start where they want and go where they want.

Service Details

Pepper provides access to:

  • High-quality, self-paced professional development courses and resources, available online 24/7
  • Instructional coaches and peers in Pepper communities
  • Tools to help you reflect on and track your learning, and to design, upload, and promote your own content resources
  • Colleagues engaging in conversation around Common Core concepts and implementation

What Makes This Service Unique

Pepper makes a difference in how and when teachers and administrators learn, through a manageable online community that helps them navigate the Common Core standards and assessments.

The Pepper online environment supports collaborative learning among peers, creation of online portfolios and journals, and discussion forums to connect teachers from across the country.


Pepper is offered through an annual per-teacher license fee.

Learn More

For more information about Pepper online professional development, contact WestEd’s Matthew N. Nathan at 415.615.3179 or by email.