Professional Development Institute
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The Professional Development Institute has been in business for over 19 years and has trained more than 100,000 teachers across the globe. We provide quality and convenient online courses to K-12 teachers. PDI courses focus on the most relevant topics in education and provide practical strategies that can be implemented in the classroom immediately. Every PDI online education course is approved for Post-Baccalaureate (at the graduate-level) credit through the University of California San Diego (UCSD). UCSD is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private colleges and universities in the United States.
Many of PDI's online courses are developed by the PDI President, Connie Ryan. Connie has a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction as well as many years of experience as a teacher, trainer, author, and online instructor.
PDI's Director, Caryn Chavez, M.S., supervises the instructors as well as PDI's day-to-day operations. Caryn also teaches and writes many of PDI's courses. Caryn has a Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology and has been with PDI for ten years.
PDI's Content Specialist, Kristin LeBeau, M.A.,develops new course content and updates current courses. Kristin is also part of the PDI Submission Review Committee. Kristin has over twelve years of classroom teaching experience and served on her district's Common Core Implementation Committee.
PDI's Program Coordinator, Jenna Swanner, B.A., handles all incoming orders and sends out course access instructions and information to all PDI participants. Jenna also manages customer relations. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts.
PDI's Registrar, Amanda Taylor, B.S., manages all PDI participant completion paperwork and makes sure credit forms are submitted to the university in a timely manner. Amanda has many years of experience as a Registrar..
All of the instructors at the Professional Development Institute are highly qualified (minimum of a master's degree), experienced classroom teachers, and are trained to teach the online course content. Each instructor is an expert at communicating ideas, concepts, and instructions.