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What are some of the unique experiences an intern has in a Professional Development School?

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  • 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.

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