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 MBC 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 College 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.
  • Methods of payment include check, credit card, and cash (in-person at Staunton office only)

Refunds:

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

How to Register: *You may register up until the Wednesday before the PDI

  1. Download the PDI schedule and registration from myMBC and mail it with a check to the College of Education. OR
  2. 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 College PDIs may count towards recertification points as stated on the PDI certificate of completion.

2015-16 PDI offerings by region

Staunton

1: September 12, 2015 CANCELED
Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-III
Elizabeth Harris, School Psychologist, Louisa County Schools 

2: October 10, 2015
Using the SMART Notebook 11 to Enhance Instruction
Mason King, Principal, Roanoke City Public Schools

3:  October 17, 2015
The OA2 Methodology: Identifying and Assessing Indicators of Concerning Behavior in K-12 Students
Jason Wells, Defender Training and Consulting, L.L.C.

4: November 21, 2015
First Aid/CPR/AED (max 8 students)
Adam and Kristen Dolan, American Heart Association Instructors

5: TBD, Spring       
First Aid/CPR/AED (max 18 students)
Adam and Kristen Dolan, American Heart Association Instructors

6: January 1, 2016
Mastering Scholarly Writing: Developing a Quality Graduate Research Paper
Tamra Willis, Associate Professor of Education, Mary Baldwin College – College of Education

7: March 5, 2016
“They expected the worst not the inevitable.” Teaching about the Holocaust in grades 6-12
Jenn Goss and Linda Petzke, teachers, Staunton City and Augusta County Schools

8: March 19, 2016
Special Education Eligibility Criteria
Elizabeth Harris, School Psychologist, Louisa County Schools

Charlottesville

9: October 3, 2015 CANCELED
Web 2.0 Tools for Today’s Classrooms (beginner)
Maria Lewis, Coordinator of Technology Integration and Media, Charlottesville City Schools

10: October 10, 2015 FULL (as of 7/23/15)
First Aid/CPR/AED
Alecia Hamm, American Heart Association Instructor

11: November 21, 2015 RESCHEDULED for December 12, 2015
Incorporation “Real” Science into your Classroom
Michael Barber, teacher, Albemarle County Schools

12: January 23, 2016
Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-III
Elizabeth Harris, School Psychologist, Louisa County Schools

13: February 6, 2016
Developing Independent Readers Through Guided Reading
Emily Ely, assistant professor of education, and Caitlin Dean, teaching partner – both College of Education

14: February 27, 2016
Grant Writing Basics – Strategies and tips for the classroom teacher to enhance learning experiences for your kids
Brian Lux, Executive Director, Sequoia Programs

Richmond

15: September 26, 2015
Rich Tasks for K-8 Mathematics
Pam Bailey, assistant professor of education, College of Education

16: October 17, 2015
Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-III
Felecia Friend-Harris, School Psychologist, Richmond City Schools

17:  November 7, 2015
Getting Hired: Effective Resume and Interview Strategies
Robin Exton, retired educator

18: February 20, 2016
Creating Trauma Informed Teaching Practices
Amanda Davis-Holloway, Facilitator-Behavioral Support, Henrico County Public Schools

19: TBD, Spring 
First Aid/CPR/AED
Alecia Hamm, American Heart Association

20: April 2, 2016
Beyond Student Teaching: Systems, Routines, and Structures in Your First Year
JoAnn Crowell-Redd

Roanoke

21: September 5, 2015 CANCELED
First Aid/CPR/AED
Joe Austin, American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Instructor

22: September 19, 2015 CANCELED
Global Perspectives in Twice Exceptionality and Frustration Tolerance
Brian Lux, executive director, Sequoia Programs

23: October 24, 2015      
Introduction to Alternative Education Placements and Programming in Virginia (w/field trip; cap 10) 
Mason King, principal, Roanoke City Public Schools

24: November 7, 2015
Developing Effective Lesson and Unit Plans to Engage Elementary and Middle School Students
Jackie Stanley, adjunct faculty, Mary Baldwin College – College of Education

25: January 16, 2016
Using Poetry to Strengthen Reading and Writing Skills in the K-8 Classroom
Jackie Stanley, adjunct faculty, Mary Baldwin College – College of Education

26: February 27, 2016
Special Education Assessment: Interpreting Commonly Used Psychoeducational Assessments, Related Reports, and Administration Procedures for the WJ-III
Melanie Whitaker, special education coordinator, Roanoke County Schools

27: March 12, 2016
Using the SMART Notebook 11 to Enhance Instruction (Ruffner Center)
Mason King, principal, Roanoke City Public Schools

28: TBD, Spring
First Aid/CPR/AED       
Joe Austin, American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Instructor