Professional Development Institute

The St. Louis Graduates Professional Development Institute is a professional development series designed to provide college access leaders from high schools, postsecondary institutions, and nonprofits the necessary tools to support postsecondary access, success and completion for low-income students.


Registration is open. To access the online registration form, click here.



All PDI workshops are offered free of charge thanks to The Laclede Group Foundation.

About Professional Development Institute (PDI) Workshops:

  • Offer problem-centered content, supplemented by direct instruction
  • Provide opportunity for individual or peer reflection, dialogue or facilitated interaction
  • Focus upon immediately relevant content
  • Engage professionals of differing levels of experience

The half-day sessions (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) are devoted to understanding the theory behind best practices in postsecondary success. In 2012-13, PDI Workshops will focus on four themes:

Who Should Attend

PDI Workshops are designed for high school, postsecondary and nonprofit professionals who:

  • Work directly with teens/young adults or manage a program that does,
  • Are currently employed in the fields of counseling, education or nonprofit college access/success or pursuing a degree in a related field,
  • Have interest in how best practices evolved and the data that demonstrates why they are best practices, and
  • Are looking to enhance strategic thinking that will guide program planning and facilitate collaborations with like-minded organizations.

Kris Lewis facilitates the PDI Workshops.

All sessions are held at Maryville University.

For more information, please contact us.