Professional Development Institute

The 2015 Professional Development Institute is scheduled for April 20-23, 2015, in Alexandria, VA.

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This national conference focuses on access, equity, and diversity in education, particularly CTE, and the workforce and builds the capacity, knowledge, and skills of administrators, educators, and counselor of state and local education agencies. The PDI brings together the most current researchers and practitioners in educational equity to share best practices and build a learning community of professionals.


2015 Agenda

Sunday, April 19
9-5 Education Foundation Board Meeting

Monday, April 20
8-5 STEM Equity Pipeline Leadership Institute
9-5 Pre-conference Session: Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student
5-7 New Member Reception

Tuesday, April 21
8:15 Opening Session with representatives from San Jose High School
9:00 Workshops
12:00 Awards Luncheon with Estella Mims Pyfrom (Learn about the 2014 award winners)
2:15 Workshops
5:30 Silent Auction and Reception

Wednesday, April 22
8-5 Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill (Click here for 2014 agenda)

Thursday, April 23
8 Membership Meeting
9:15 Workshops
12 Closing Luncheon with Anton Treuer, PhD

Keynote Speakers!

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During the opening session on Tuesday, April 21, three current and former students and one faculty member from San Jose High School (SJHS) in California, Emma Eaton, Fadumo Osman, Tara Sikorski, and Kiva Uhuru, will present mini-talks based on the “Nontraditional Career Preparation: Root Causes and Strategies” framework. With funding from Motorola Solutions Foundation, NAPE has conducted Program Improvement Process for Equity training with a team of faculty and students at SJHS. In June 2014 the students organized and led a STEM Equity Awareness event attended by more than 200 people, and in November 2014 they presented on their experiences during the Project Lead the Way Summit.

estella mims pyform 150x150 Professional Development InstituteEstella Mims Pyfrom will deliver remarks on April 21. Ms. Pyfrom is a former educator and CEO and founder of Estella’s Brilliant Bus, an organization aimed at helping children in underserved areas get educational training, empowering experiences, and access to technology. Ms. Pyfrom has received many honors for her work, including the CNN Hero award and the Toyota Standing O-Vation award.

Treuer pic 150x150 Professional Development InstituteAnton Treuer, PhD will deliver remarks on April 23. Dr. Treuer is the Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University and author of 13 books. He holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Treuer will also present a workshop and will hold a book-signing for copies of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask.

New for 2015!

On Monday, April 20, 2015, from 9 am to 5 pm, NAPE staff will present a workshop on its professional development product, Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student.™

 Join us for an interactive full-day workshop where you will learn about the various types of micromessages and how those micromessages impact student decisions when considering and/or selecting to enroll in nontraditional CTE programs, how to encourage persistence through the use of micro-affirmations, and how to inoculate students from internalizing micro-inequities that, over time, deter students from engaging in STEM and nontraditional CTE pathways.

Maximum and minimum attendance limits apply. The $150 fee to attend is not included in the PDI registration fee.

Three Ways to Support the PDI!

  1. As in past years, NAPE offers sponsorships at four levels: Platinum ($25,000), Gold ($10,000+), Silver ($5,000+), and Award ($2,500+). Sponsorship includes an exhibit space and an advertisement in the PDI Program Book. Learn More!
  2. New for 2015 PDI! Exhibiting space can be reserved for $250. Exhibitors can also place advertisements in the PDI Program Book and purchase a 1-year affiliate membership at a 10% discount. Learn More!
  3. Advertisement space in the PDI Program Book is available. Sizes range from full-page to business card. Learn More!


Early bird registration has been extended to 5:00 pm ET on March 20, 2015.


Registration Fees By March 20, 2015

Entire PDI: $495 member/$595 nonmember
Daily rate for Tuesday: $200 member/$240 nonmember
Daily rate for Wednesday: $125 member/$150 nonmember
Daily rate for Thursday: $175 member/$210 nonmember
Tuesday luncheon only: $80

Registration Fees After March 20, 2015

Entire PDI: $570 member/$670 nonmember
Daily rate for Tuesday: $232 member/$272 nonmember
Daily rate for Wednesday: $145 member/$170 nonmember
Daily rate for Thursday: $203 member/$238 nonmember
Tuesday luncheon only: $80

Why should you attend the PDI? Click here for letter to share with your agency.

Hotel Information

New location!

The Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314-5700
(703) 253-8600
Room rate: $211 plus tax/night
Room block will be released on March 25, 2015.

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Highlights from 2014 PDI

The program book is available for download. Enjoy looking at the wonderful pictures from the 2014 PDI!



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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-1203121 and Grant No. DUE-1104163. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.