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The PDI program supports the professional development needs of educators through collaborative planning with teachers, schools, and school districts in the design and delivery of on-site professional development. We can also align graduate credit with the professional development you already provide in your school or district.

Get the benefits of developing a collaborative partnership in your school. As an educator, you will benefit by connecting your learning to your classroom practice and receive graduate credits. As a school, educators will work together on important school initiatives in a timeframe that meets your school's needs.

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PDI Classes in the News...

(From Graduate School of Education Blog, Sept. 2017)

The Professional Development Initiatives department at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has a successful 25-year partnership with 3M’s TWIST program. TWIST stands for Teachers Working in Science & Technology. Each summer teachers from Minnesota and beyond, who teach Science, Math, and Tech Ed in grades 7-12, spend six weeks doing research and development alongside a 3M scientist or engineer and their team. Participants tour labs, pilot manufacturing facilities, and receive a stipend from 3M for this summer work-study opportunity.

Saint Mary’s University has been a proud partner by aligning graduate credit with their TWIST experience, which has involved 182 learners over those 25 years. Participating teachers reflect on what it’s like to be a student again themselves and learn new material and procedures while identifying new industry contacts and resources. Ultimately this allows teachers to bring renewed energy and real-world science applications into their classrooms the following fall. The TWIST graduate credit experience positions these teachers to develop relevant hands-on curricula that will help educate the next generation of scientists. We look forward to continuing this valuable partnership with 3M for years to come.

Professional Book Study

Professional book studies provide the structure for purposeful dialogue that richly connects a text to the participants' work in schools. Such a collaborative structure promotes needed collegiality and professionalism among colleagues. Implementation discussions allow participants to share what works and what doesn't, and bring forth recommendations to impact instruction for promoting student achievement. If you would like to lead a Book Study in your school this year, please contact the PDI program office at 1-877-218-4755 and we will help you get started!