Professional Development Initiatives


The Professional Development Initiatives (PDI) program at Saint Mary's University offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities. The PDI program not only works with schools to offer courses through the collaborative partnership process, but also will work directly with school administrators and teachers to provide opportunities customized to meet the needs of the participating school. When working with the PDI program, you can expect...

  • Professional development focused on your needs as a classroom teacher at your school
  • Collaboration with colleagues on classroom-based initiatives
  • Flexible graduate credit options, at affordable graduate credit rates
  • Easily accessible resources and materials to support the facilitator and learner

Collaborative Partnerships
The PDI program collaboratively creates on-site, results-driven professional learning for practicing educators. Read more... Collaborative partnerships


Professional Book Study
The PDI program works with school districts to plan and facilitate professional book studies that engage educators in critical reading, intentional dialogue, and job-embedded learning with the purpose of enhancing teaching and students' learning. Read more...


School-Based Seminars
The PDI program works with districts to provide seminars, on a variety of topics or a focused theme, to assist the district in meeting their professional development goals.Read more...


Mentorship Programs
The PDI program assists schools with planning, developing, and implementing a district-wide mentorship program. Read More...


Curriculum Planning
The PDI program assists schools with designing a curriculum model that meets the needs of the school.Read more...