Professional Development

WFIS partners with a variety of national, state and regional organizations to provide ongoing professional development opportunities to our members. Below are some PD programs that are currently available.

Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

ACSI mission is to deliver the highest possible quality of professional development that will equip, inspire, and encourage Christian educators to enhance their effectiveness in preparing students.  ACSI offers a variety of professional development opportunities, both live and online, to reach educators through international, national, and regional efforts.

PNMA is a non-profit professional organization, founded in 1962,  comprised of teachers, interns, administrators, and schools promoting excellence and growth in Montessori education. PNMA educators are dedicated to working harmoniously in supporting, nurturing, and connecting Montessori professionals from diverse training backgrounds across the Pacific Northwest.


Montessori – American Montessori Society (AMS)

As lifelong learners, Montessori teachers are continually seeking new opportunities to enrich their practice and keep current with developments in the field. Attending events approved by the American Montessori Society can earn educators AMS hours towards the AMS professional development requirement and the AMS Certificate of Continuing Professional Development.

National Lutheran School Association (NLSA)

NLSA provides school leaders and teachers with professional development opportunities that allow educators to learn research-based, cutting edge strategies and approaches to teaching and learning. Lutheran Education Association events for professional development include a triennial convocation and an annual conference for school and early childhood center administrators. Registration is open to all; LEA members register at a significantly reduced rate.

Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)

NWAIS offers a variety of approaches to Professional Development allowing attendees to get started in a topic or develop high-level expertise. Discover events bringing trending topics and best practices together to benefit your school.

Seventh Day Adventist (SDA)

Adventist Schools (AAA) is the denominational accrediting authority for all tertiary and graduate educational programs and institutions owned by Seventh-day Adventist Church entities.

UCDS – College for School Culture

The UCDS Institute offers a variety of professional development experiences from hands-on workshops and self-paced online modules to consulting partnerships and advanced degrees.  We’re committed to helping educators grow in their careers and to inspire future teacher leaders.

Waldorf – The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)

The Center for Anthroposophy offers various courses for Waldorf continuing education and Waldorf professional development.