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 are required to complete four sessions prior to graduation.

Fee:

$60 ($40 for Mary Baldwin College students)

  • Checks should be made out to Mary Baldwin College (before 8/31) or Mary Baldwin University (9/1 and after)
  • Methods of payment include check, credit card, and cash (in-person at Staunton office only)

Refunds:

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 dose not apply to the First Aid/CPR/AED class.

How to Register:

  1. Registration (with payment) is due TWO weeks before the PDI. The due date is indicated on the schedule 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.
  2. Download the PDI schedule and registration from myMBC and mail it with a check to the College of Education. OR
  3. Registration forms may also be faxed to Lori Wall at (540-887-7303) or emailed to: lwall@mbc.edu and mail a check separately to the College of Education or pay online
      • Graduate students: select “Professional Development Institute Fees ”
      • Undergraduate/former students: select “other” and type in “Professional Development Institute”

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.
  • Pending school division approval, Mary Baldwin PDIs may count towards recertification points as stated on the PDI certificate of completion.

2016-17 PDI offerings by region

STAUNTON (all PDIs will be hold on the 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