Professional Development Opportunities

Concordia University strives to not only help shape and form the educational experience of our students, but also serve as a resource to current educators hoping to continue their own professional development. We want to help you passionately and skillfully make an uncommon impact on the lives of the students you see each day. That’s why we offer a variety of opportunities for you to pursue professional development. Whether you’re seeking continuing education credits or an opportunity to gather with other educators and learn about exciting new developments and techniques in the field, we have something just for you.

Here at Concordia, we offer the following professional development opportunities for educators:

IIRP Basic Restorative Practices: November 2018
This is a two-session course meeting two Saturdays. 


  • Days: November 10 and 17, 2018 (participants must attend both days)
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Concordia University Ann Arbor, 4090 Geddes Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
  • Room: Krieger Building, Room 106
  • Cost: $325 for the two-session course which includes books and lunches 
  • Michigan teachers can earn 12 SCECHs for this two-part course.

Theresa Fry will lead participants through this course, great for all educators-- particularly adults who work with students in conflict resolution. Restorative practices facilitators help children, and adults, learn how one’s behavior affects those around them.

Day 1: IIRP’s Basic Restorative Practices
On Day 1, attendees will learn a range of strategies to use every day and how to set high expectations while being supportive. Attendees will practice how to provide direct feedback and how to ask questions which foster accountability. Attendees will also learn the most effective methods to resolve common conflicts.

Day 2: Using Circles Effectively
The second session will be devoted to teaching attendees to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are an essential process for building social capital, resolving social problems and responding when harm occurs. Circles create a positive learning environment. Attendees learn by participating in circles with other attendees, taking turns to learn how to facilitate. By the end of the day, attendees will be prepared to return to their setting and facilitate a circle!

Participants will leave this 2-day conference with SCECHs through the state of Michigan and all of the materials needed to implement Restorative Practices in their classroom and school.  These two courses also go on record at the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) should a participant decide to pursue a certificate or graduate degree in Restorative Practices through IIRP.

 Questions about the restorative practices course may be emailed to

School of Education Excellence Development Speakers (SEEDS)

Each academic year, our School of Education provides professional development for teacher candidates and others in the community who are interested in compelling educational topics. Although SEEDS does not result in professional development credits for the state, it does offer a unique opportunity for engagement and discussion around meaningful topics.

SEEDS 1:  Expert Teacher Panel: Starting the Year Right, Classroom Management, and Parent Communication
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018  6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Science 102
Speaker: Panel

SEEDS 2: The Intentional Christian Teacher
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018           6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Speaker: Dr. James Pingel

SEEDS 3: Urban Education
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019       6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Speaker: Robert and Cris Green

SEEDS 4: Tips for Successful Teaching
Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019                 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Speaker: Beth Riske

For more information, contact Kyle Chuhran, Elementary Education Coordinator (734-995-7397)

Past 2017-2018 SEEDS Events

February 7, 2018
Time: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Travis Grulke, Superintendent of Schools, MI District - LCMS
Topic: Leading a Balanced Life as an Educator

March 20, 2018
Time: 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: New(er) Teacher Panel
Topic: The Joys and Challenges of Being a New Teacher