Professional Development Institutes

Teachers in the community who are in need of options to renew their license can work with the College of Education to satisfy requirements.

Graduate coursework, available fall, spring, and summer, with many options available online, either toward completion of a Master of Education degree, certificate program, add-on endorsement, or on a course-by-course basis as a special (non-degree-seeking) student is one way that a teacher can work on continuing education.

The College of Education also offers an exciting and innovative series of Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) for students as well as local teachers and administrators. Institutes are scheduled for fall and spring in Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Roanoke. These institutes offer the latest information on a variety of current topics in education and are presented by Mary Baldwin professors and seasoned educators from the field. Attendees are given a certificate of attendance.  Current teachers may present this documentation as part of their licensure renewal process.  Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Mary Baldwin University are required to complete four sessions prior to graduation.

Fee:

$40 ($60 for non-Mary Baldwin students)

  • Checks should be made out to Mary Baldwin University.
  • Please include payment with a copy of this registration form if mailed or hand-delivered.

Refunds:

Cancellations must be made to Lori Wall at lwall@marybaldwin.edu no later than one week before the day of the institute.

How to Register:

Registration (with payment) is due TWO weeks before the PDI. The due date is indicated on the schedule above for each PDI. If payment is not received with your registration form, you will not be enrolled in the PDI until payment has been received.

  1. Download the PDI schedule and registration from myMBU and mail it with a check to the College of Education
    Mary Baldwin University
    Lori Wall, College of Education
    Professional Development Institute
    PO Box 1500
    Staunton VA, 24402
  2. To pay by credit card (current and former students only), please go to: https://commerce.cashnet.com/MBCMISC?itemcode=EMMISC-PDI
  3. Registration forms may be emailed to Lori Wall at lwall@marybaldwin.edu

Questions? Please call Lori Wall at 540-887-7186

Important Information:

  • You will receive registration confirmation and a receipt by email. 
  • A week prior to the PDI, you will receive an email that includes a map/directions to the center, room number, and other relevant information.
  • All institutes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • An hour for lunch, on your own, is allotted.
  • Cancellation – if you can no longer attend a PDI you have registered/paid for, you must notify the Field Placement Coordinator, Lori Wall, two weeks in advance to receive a credit or refund. Late cancellations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This does not apply to the First Aid/CPR/AED class. Please read below.
  • Education Symposium – the Education Symposium has an additional $25 fee (on top of the PDI fee, if you wish for it to double count). This fee covers meals and materials. Please see the PDI description document for more information.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED training – you must register and pay for for the actual CPR class first ($75) and then for PDI credit ($40) if would you like for it to double count. Please contact Lori Wall for class registration information to ensure spaces are still available. Please read the registration, payment, and cancellation policy for the First Aid/CPR/AED classes as outlined in the PDI descriptions document.
  • Pending school division approval, Mary Baldwin University PDIs may count towards recertification points as stated on the PDI certificate of completion.
  • If you are attending the Education Symposium OR a First Aid/CPR/AED class, please make sure you pay for the class as well as PDI credit (if applicable).

2016-17 PDI offerings by region

Staunton (all PDIs will be held on main campus in Staunton)

PDI # Date Instructor information PDI title, registration due date, other relevant information
PDI 1 9/10 Adam and Kristen Dolan, American Heart Association Instructors First Aid/CPR/AED* (max 16 participants)

Registration due by: August 26

PDI 2 9/17 Kendel St. John, Transition Training Associate, Center on Transition Innovations at VCU-RRTC How to Identify, Prevent, and Stop Bullying in Today’s Schools

Registration due by: September 2

PDI 3 10/21-22 Amanda Lynch, etc. Education Symposium**: The Challenge of Change: Meeting the Needs of the 21st Century Learner (max 60 participants)

Registration due by: October 7 (Additional info on COE tab)

PDI 4 10/29 Elizabeth Harris, School Psychologist, Louisa County Schools Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-IV

Registration due by: October 14

PDI 5 11/12 Dr. Emily Ely, Assistant Professor of Education, College of Education What’s so great about Google Drive?

Registration due by: October 28

PDI 6 1/14 Dr. Tamra Willis, Associate Professor of Education, College of Education Mastering Scholarly Writing: Developing a Quality Research Paper Registration due by:   December 30
PDI 7 2/11 Candi Kincaid, Guidance counselor, Rockbridge County Schools; Anne Freeman, Assistant Principal, Augusta County Schools Working with Diverse Students

Registration due by: January 27

PDI 8 TBD Adam and Kristen Dolan, American Heart Association Instructors First Aid/CPR/AED* (max 16 participants)

Date will be schedule sometime in December for the spring

Registration due by: TBD

Charlottesville (all PDIs will be held at PVCC unless otherwise noted)

PDI # Date Instructor information PDI title, registration due date, other relevant information
PDI 9 10/1 Alecia Hamm, American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED* (max 8 participants)

Registration due by: September 16

PDI 10 11/19 Gail Epps, Diversity Resource Specialist, Albemarle County Schools Teaching and Reaching Diverse Students: LGBT Issues in Education Today

Registration due by: November 4

PDI 11 12/3 Dr. Kara Kavanagh, JMU Assistant Professor From Gut Reactions to Ethical Reasoning: A Framework for Handling Sticky Situations!

Registration due by: November 18

PDI 12 2/4 Dr. Emily Ely, Assistant Professor of Education, College of Education; Emily Walton, Teaching Partner Developing Independent Readers through Guided Reading

Location: St. Anne’s Belfield Lower School (Emily W’s room)

Registration due by: January 20

PDI 13 3/4 Elizabeth Harris, School Psychologist, Louisa County Schools Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-IV

Registration due by: February 17

Richmond (all PDIs will be held at the Richmond Office unless otherwise noted)

PDI # Date Instructor information PDI title, registration due date, other relevant information
PDI 14 10/8 Dr. Felecia Friend-Harris, School Psychologist, Richmond City Schools Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-IV

Registration due by: September 23

PDI 15 11/5 Kim Olsen, Principal at Holladay Elementary, Henrico County Schools, MBC alumnae (MAT) Getting Hired and Getting Ready for the First Day: Effective Resume/Interview Strategies/Tips for a Successful First Year

Location: Holladay Elementary, Henrico County

Registration due by: October 21

PDI 16 1/28 Dr. Pam Bailey, Assistant Professor of Education, College of Education GeoGebra to Enhance Math Instruction (K-12)

Registration due by: January 13

PDI 17 3/18 JoAnn Crowell-Redd Beyond Student Teaching: Systems, Routines, and Structures in Your First Year

Registration due by: March 3

PDI 18 TBD Alecia Hamm, American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED* (max 8 participants)         

Date will be schedule sometime in December for the spring

Registration due by: TBD

Roanoke (all PDIs will be held at the Roanoke Higher Education Center)

PDI # Date Instructor information PDI title, registration due date, other relevant information
PDI 19 10/8 Jennifer Woods, Reading Specialist/English Coordinator, Roanoke County School Growing Readers Through Guided Reading

Registration due by: September 23

PDI 20 11/5 Meg Swecker, Coordinator of Technology Integration, Roanoke County Schools Enhancing STEM with Digital Tools

Registration due by: October 21

PDI 21 12/3 Dr. Stephanie Sebolt, Assistant Professor of Education, College of Education Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Your Classroom

Registration due by: November 18

PDI 22 1/21 Dr. Jessica McClung, Direct of Special Education, Roanoke County Schools Nuts & Bolts of Special Education

Registration due by: January 6

PDI 23 2/11 Melanie Whitaker, Special Education Coordinator, Roanoke County Schools Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-IV

Registration due by: January 27

PDI 24 3/18 Joe Austin, American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Instructor First Aid/CPR/AED* (max 8 participants)

Registration due by: March 3