Professional Development Institute 2020-21

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is virtual in 2020-21!

All workshops are 60-90 minutes and focus on providing training, access to tools and resources, and connection to a professional network for high school counselors, college and career advisers, and youth-serving non-profit professionals. This year PDI is open to college access professionals serving students across Missouri and southern Illinois.

Participation is free thanks to support from the Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee.

Registration is now open! Click on the topic to register. Zoom details will be e-mailed the week of the workshop. Registration closes at Noon the day before each workshop.

Friday, August 14, 10 AM – Legal & Technical Implications for College & Career Advising in a Virtual Space with Susan Goldammer of Missouri School Boards Association

Friday, August 28, 10 AM – Student and Family Engagement in a Virtual Environment

Friday, September 11, 10 AM – Match & Fit: Institutional Selectivity & Admissions Considerations

Friday, September 25, 10 AM – Financial Aid Considerations for Students with Special Needs/Circumstances with MASFAP

Friday, October 9, 10 AM – Financial Aid: FAFSA Completion Strategies & Tips with MASFAP

Friday, October 23, 10 AM – Career Pathways: Advising Strategies to Connect Students to Labor Market Needs

Friday, November 6, 10 AM – Match & Fit: Navigating the HBCU Landscape

Friday, November 20, 10 AM – Building Counselor Cultural Competency

Friday, December 4, 10 AM – Supporting Undocumented Youth

St. Louis Graduates is pleased to partner with MASFAP on all financial aid workshops this year.


Looking for materials from past workshops? You’ll find them here.


Thank you to the St. Louis Graduates¬†Professional Development Committee for planning this year’s workshops!

Beth Bender, Chair, Associate Superintendent for College and Career Readiness, St. Louis Public Schools

Michael Boulanger, Pattonville High School
Marvin Bullard, Higher Education Consortium
Michelene Carbol, EducationPlus
Melissa Findley, Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation
Monica Fleisher, UMSL Office of Precollegiate Student Services
Mary Giunta, Affton High School
Andi Harpring, Nine Network
Katy Jane Johnson, University City High School
Michelle Luraschi, Pattonville High School
Ashley June Moore, Washington University College Advising Corps
Amber Mitchell, Ritenour High School
Gabrielle Ray, Missouri College Advising Corps
Desiree Speed, St. Louis Public Schools
Teresa Steinkamp, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
Khadija Tejan, St. Louis Public Schools
Dawn Towles-Richards, Missouri Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education
Kaitlyn Venta, Scholarship Central
Danielle Washington, Wyman
Laura Winter, St. Louis Graduates