Flow Chart with Partnerships and Professional Development

Partnerships and Professional Development (PPD) is a department within the School of Education and Kinesiology focusing on professional development and continuing education for in-service teachers and administrators. Our mission, goals and participant outcomes are listed below.


Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care— for other people, for their communities and for the Earth.


Phone: 253-535-8790
Fax: 253-535-7184
Email: profdev@plu.edu


The Partnerships and Professional Development (PPD) Department at PLU aims to provide professional development opportunities to educators that cultivate relevant and influential educational experiences and enhance partnerships between students, colleagues, districts, faculty, and other community partners. These opportunities are afforded with a commitment to diversity, social justice and sustainability.

Participant Outcomes:

Demonstrate a deep and robust understanding of content, learning and assessment, and pedagogy;

Demonstrate deep and appropriate understanding of and respect for each diverse learner;

Use their knowledge of learners and their families and communities to create supportive, democratic classroom and school communities;

Combine their knowledge of content, pedagogy, learning and assessment with their knowledge of individual learners and their families and communities to create opportunities for each person to learn in powerful ways;

Commit to ongoing professional growth and leadership.

AP Summer Institute

Learn strategies for successful teaching of AP courses during this one week summer program.

AP Capstone Institute

A professional development opportunity for schools to learn about Seminar and Research.

Learners Edge Courses

Choose from over 70 online or text based courses. Offering numerous certificate programs.

ADD ON Endorsements

Earn your endorsement during the summer months with an online program.

PLU Instructor Academy

Increase retention, encourage persistence and invite success.

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