Santa Cruz City Schools supports site-based professional development. Professional learning is facilitated by the Santa Cruz Instructional Leadership (SCIL) Team , which is composed of teacher leaders and the Principal at each school site. Each school site's SCIL team plans monthly professional development aligned to district and school plan goals.

SCIL teams come together for summer training each August and set goals for professional learning each year.  The primary venue for professional development is the first Wednesday of each month during early release time.