Professional Development Institute

Workshops you'll love. Skills you'll use. Cost you'll appreciate!

Mount Marty College continues to host annual Professional Development Institute. Come join us for one or more of our 1-credit graduate level workshops. Look through the tabs below to find online book studies, workshops, and new twists on technology.  Our offerings change seasonally, so check back in Fall, Spring, and of course for our June month of PDI.  Join our engaging instructors and other in-service teachers in these interactive workshops that will result in credits good for your revitalization and teacher license renewal.

Registration for each workshop will be open through the first day of class.  Please register and pay through the registration site below.  

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Based on Visible Learning for Teachers, by John Hattie, this book study synthesizes the results of years of research into what works best to improve student learning. According to Hattie, teachers need to reflect and “know thy impact”. This text offers guidance using checklists, intervention ideas, case studies, and lesson preparation strategies to make learning visible in any classroom. Learning Objectives for teachers are that they will comprehend, reflect, and implement:

  • Impact of teaching on student learning
  • Develop positive teacher mindframes
  • Learn effectiveness of feedback
  • Learn major influences on student learning and achievement

Course runs from January 27-March 1, with weekly readings and online discussions.  Taught by veteran PDI instructor Nicole Valnes, Curriculum Director for Yankton School District.  

Join the current trend to build your knowledge of what it looks like to intentionally model and teach Emotional Intelligence.  Workshop includes time to design a classroom that builds social emotional competence in your students.  Applicable for all ages of students, pre-school through adulthood.

Course dates:  June 10-11  |  8:30-5:00  |  Mount Marty College  |  Bede Hall 310

Taught by Debbi McCuin, PhD, Director of Graduate Teacher Education and researcher in the area of Social Emotional Learning.


The SCASD/SDCTE Annual Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Spearfish, SD.  Additional information and registration for the conference must be done online through SCASD/SCATE 

Conference dates:  September 5-7, 2019   |  7:45 a.m. -5:00 p.m.  

$50 for 1 graduate level workshop credit through Mount Marty: 

Participants in the joint Speech Communication Association of South Dakota (SCASD)/South Dakota Council of Teachers of English (SDCTE) 2019 conference held on September 5-7.2019, will expand their understanding of current best practices in speech, debate, theater, and English either in the classroom or in the extra-curricular areas.  Further, they will develop an understanding of the issues facing speech and debate teachers/coaches, theater directors, and English teachers.  They will demonstrate their ability to apply these practices in their classroom or extra-curricular area through completion of the required assignment.      

Registration fee is payable beforehand to this registration site.  Credit cannot be earned without registration for the conference.  For more information, please contact: 

INSTRUCTOR: Danielle Harms, MA                 


Explore and practice with new technology presentation tools that can be used for content delivery or for student projects. Applicable for all ages of students.

Course dates:  June 13-14  |  8:30-5:00  |  Yankton High School computer room

Taught by veteran PDI instructor Faydra Christensen, MS.  Teacher and instructional technology expert for Yankton School District. 

Take some workshop time to understand how to use this technology to its fullest potential.  Explore many offerings and apps while creating and designing lessons for your class. 

Course dates:  June 17-18  |  8:30-5:00  |  Yankton Middle School Science lab

Taught by veteran PDI instructor Leasa Woodward, MEd and Co-instructor Carol Larrington, MEd, teachers and instructional technology experts for Yankton School District