Professional Development Institute

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

This June, (2018), Mount Marty College will be hosting five 1-credit post-graduate workshops for in-service teachers to aid in maintaining their teaching certification.  Please look through the offerings below for the current choices.  Classes will be held from 8:30-5:00 on the days identified, with an hour for lunch.  

Location:  Bede Hall, room 310, Mount Marty College Yankton, $75 for 1 credit

This interactive workshop will explore practical inquiry strategies such as how to frame instruction through concepts, inquiry models, performance-based assessments or PBLs, STEM, and design thinking. This learning model places the student in the center of the learning process. The workshop concludes by challenging participants to create engaging Inquiry-based Learning projects in their own classroom. If you participated in this session last summer, new content will be included!

Meet the Instructor:

Emily YennyEmily Yenny is a passionate educator with 12 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and consultant at the school, district, and state level. Emily currently serves as an Integration Liaison for the state of Colorado supporting the initiatives of new standards, assessments, and evaluation systems. She has professional development experience in content literacy integration, foundational literacy, STEM, inquiry, and teaching for understanding. Being a firm believer in student-driven learning and discovery, Emily loves to work side-by-side with teachers in designing instruction that is relevant, significant, and engaging for all students.

Location:  online - you must be registered and have the book by June 4.  $75 for 1 credit.

Based on Dave Burgess's "Teach Like a PIRATE" which offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator. You'll learn how to: Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher - Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet - Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom - Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students.

This engaging and witty read helps teachers design classroom management techniques that seek to increase student engagement and connection, resulting in a more positive environment within the classroom. Students will interact with one another through threaded online discussions responding to prompts that follow the book's chapter by chapter roll out of the theory and techniques behind this engaging, innovative strategy. At the end, each student will write a final reflection that includes the creation and sharing of his or her own classroom innovation plans.

Meet the Instructor: Debbi McCuin, PhD.

Having taught for over 20 years in the primary grades of public schools in Mesa, AZ and Fort Collins, CO, I returned to college in 2009 to earn my doctorate at Colorado State in Educational Leadership, Renewal and Change. Being a firm believer in the adage "they don't care what you know until they know that you care," I have always been interested in the connection between the relationships teachers build with the students and their increased engagement and academic success.

Now, as a professor in higher education, the same connection still interests me. The graduate programs we offer in Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development are designed with both relationship and scholarship in mind.

Conference will be held on Mount Marty College campus in Yankton.  Additional information and registration for the conference must be done online at 

Registration for 1 credit will be an additional $50, payable beforehand or on the first morning of the conference on campus.  Credit cannot be earned without registration for the conference.  

Location:  Yankton High School Computer Lab.  $75 for 1 credit.

This course will provide educators with the training and resources they need to better utilize the SmartBoard hardware and software available in their schools. Through a progression of meaningful activities as well as independent work time, participants will gain knowledge and a comfort level surrounding the SmartBoard and its many useful educational tools. Real-world classroom applications will be highlighted and participants will fully experience whiteboard technology that will enhance their curriculum and engage their students.

Meet the Instructor:

Faydra Christensen, M.ED., is an educator with 23 years of experience teaching 4th grade with the Yankton School District. She has been an instructor with the TTL academy for the South Dakota Department of Education, and has also provided technology professional development for in-services and workshops for the YSD. Faydra believes technology is an integral tool that makes learning engaging and relevant to students.

Location:  Yankton High School Computer Lab.  $75 for 1 credit.

This course will offer participants the opportunity to become more familiar with google applications for the classroom. An overview of google drive, google documents, google slides, google sheets, google forms, and google classroom will be provided. Participants will have worktime to create assignments that are applicable to their grade level and classroom needs. Those who enroll in this class should have a google account (school or personal) that allows access to the google suite for education) drive, docs, slides, forms, google classroom).

Meet the Instructor:

Leasa Woodward graduated from SDSU with a major in History Education in 1998. She earned her M.Ed from Mount Marty in 2017.  She has been in education for 19 years and currently teaches American Government and Sociology at Yankton High School. Technology is a passion of hers and she tries to find innovative ways to weave it into her classroom.