Professional Development

In 2001 the Department of Education established the Professional Educators Partnership (PEP) with twenty five schools. Today there are fourteen elementary, twelve middle schools and nine high schools from across the region were invited to participate.

The mission of the partnership is to establish mutually beneficial relationships between Valparaiso University and community educators. The partnership has evolved into many new professional relationships with administrators, professors, principals, teachers and teacher candidates. The partnership sponsors several professional development opportunities for the community including the Autumn Harvest Middle School Conference, IASP Regional Workshop, and a spring Literacy Workshop. See upcoming events for more information.

Mission Statement

The Professional Educators Partnership (PEP) seeks to establish mutually beneficial relationships between Valparaiso University and community educators for the purpose of more effectively preparing teacher candidates while benefiting area schools with access to Valparaiso University resources.

Save the Date

Be sure to mark you calendar and plan to attend one or all of this year's workshops sponsored through PEP.  

Early bird registration $100

Registration is required.

September 30, 2015 – Literacy Workshop (K-6)  

It's NOT the Technology, It's the THINKING,

Connecting Comprehension & Technology 

Keynote Speaker: Kristin Ziemke, Literacy/Tech Expert

The theme for our fall event for elementary teachers, Strategies that Work, Nonfiction Matters, features internationally recognized literacy expert, Stephanie Harvey.  How can teachers' immerse their students in the passion and wonder of learning?  Why curiosity, thinking and collaboration matters in the 21st Century classroom?  How do teachers teach thinking in the active literacy classroom?  Harvey will focus on strategies that work best with nonfiction and also present the research on inquiry circles and how they work.  

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Keynote Bio information

Early bird registration through June 23, 2015 

December 9, 2015 – PLC Workshop (Secondary, 5- 12) 

Teach Like a Pirate,

Re-Ignite your Passion for the Profession 

Keynote Speaker: David Burgess, Award winning High School Teacher

The theme for the secondary event, Re-ignite the Passion for the Profession. New York Times best-selling author, Dave Burgess's book Teach Like a Pirate has sparked an educational revolution all over the world. Burgess provides teachers an opportunity to reflect on their teaching practices and find innovative ways to transform classrooms to amazing learning spaces for all students.  Burgess emphasizes the importance of passion, immersion, rapport, ask & analyze transrformation, and enthusiasm.  Find out how to reconnect with young adolescents in the classroom.  



Keynote Bio Information

Registration opens October 16, 2015

February 11, 2016 – Middle School Conference

Shake, Rattle and Roll,

Keeping Middle School Kids Motivated

Keynote Speaker: Kim Campbell, author

Award winning educator, Kim Campbell, is featured at the 2016 middle school conference.  This year's theme will focus on student motivation and effective classroom management for young adolescents.  Kim is known by her colleagues as a force of nature and believes teaching is about building strong positive relationsships, having high expectations and creating lessons that are relevant, engaging and fun.  Come prepared to have your thinking challenged with creative ways to motivate students.  


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Registration available January 2016