Professional Development Institute (PDI)

Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute is a district-hosted course which provides participates with the opportunity to engage in a self-designed learning experience while earning graduate credit through Southern NH University.  This is an opportunity to engage in individual learning (1 credit) or team-based learning (2 or 3 credits) which support ongoing school or district-based school improvement areas.  Rooted in the elements of action research, participants identify specific learning outcomes and methods by which they will be measuring their learning.


  • Summer PDI applications are due no later than May 1.
  • School year PDI applications (Fall-Spring) are due no later than Oct 1.
  1. Please download the  PDI Application. Complete the application, save and email or send an electronic copy to Amy Cole.  Print a copy, ask your principal to sign it and send a hardcopy interoffice to Amy Cole at Central Office.
  2. Complete an online Course Approval Form with the correct fee (see table below).  The Institution = SNHU; Payment option = pre-pay the college. Course name = “Summer PDI” or ” School-year PDI”.

Expectations and Course Rates

PDI Project Elements

1-Graduate Credit Projects

2-Graduate Credit Projects

3-Graduate Credit Projects

Project outcomes have measurable school improvement(school/district/SU) impact (K-3, K-5, 6-8, K-8, 9-12, K-12)

Impact: 1 school; 1-2 teachers

Impact: 1 school team or department (Professional Learning Community Model)

Impact: K-12, Across Districts Leadership Teams;

Central Office and School Principal approval and commitment to project

( Action Research Leadership Teams)

Project outcomes have measurable student impact

1 classroom or small group of students

Students on a grade level team (horizontal or vertical or departmental)

Grade-level, grade cluster, departmental team of students, and /or school-wide/and/or district/SU wide

Project completion hours and deliverables

·15 hours

·Written proposal

·Reflection paper that includes connection of project to school action plan description of evidence collected

·30 hours

·Written proposal

·Implementation design (action plan for action research)


·Reflection paper that includes connection of project to school action plan description of evidence collected


·Written proposal and implementation design (action plan for action research) How will you engage faculty beyond your team?

·Multi-media presentation to principal/schoolof data/evidence/information for subsequent Action and PD planning

Tuition Reimbursement Costs




Project resources allocation  per participant

Up to $100.00

Up to $150.00

Up to $225.00  


PDI: Project Resources Additional Information