What are some of the unique experiences an intern has in a Professional Development School?
- A full year of teaching experience before graduation.
- Daily feedback from school-based as well as university based teacher educators.
- Opportunities to learn about teaching, learning and students through co-teaching with skilled, veteran teachers.
- Opportunities to teach and observe across grade levels.
- The opportunity to develop an inquiry stance towards teaching by participating in a variety of inquiry investigations, culminating with a presentation at the Annual Teacher Inquiry Conference.
- Experience with a variety of technological tools for teaching, learning and teacher development in a district with a focus on integration of technology a part of the strategic plan.
- Experience in working with an Instructional Support Team and in an RTII structure in meeting the needs of diverse populations.
- Collaborative work in a non-competitive culture focused on best practices for children.
- Discussions that bring theory to practice and practice to theory.
- Seminars developed by university and school-based teacher educators.
- Within cohort leadership opportunities.
- In addition to ongoing classroom-embedded learning, interns also participate in a variety of school-based and district-based professional development experiences.
- Opportunities to participate in Conversation as Inquiry Groups.
- Experience with peer observation and collegial coaching.
What is a Professional Development School? ○ What are the goals of our Professional Development Schools? ○ Introduction to the Penn State Elementary Education PDS ○ What is the intern's field experience like? ○ How are the interns selected? ○ What does the work of a mentor and intern look like in our Professional Development School? ○ What are some of the unique experiences an intern has in a Professional Development School? ○ What is the PDS Conceptual Framework? ○ Why should you consider hiring an intern from the Professional Development Schools?