Welcome to our secondary English Professional Development School website.

Our collaboration between State College Area School District (SCASD) and the Penn State College of Education (PSU) is a year-long, school-based, teacher education program. We advocate an inquiry model for classroom instruction, professional development, and educational research. Together, we work to construct and share knowledge about language, literacy, learning, and teaching.

Our PDS mission is to construct a community of learning where all members of the partnership promote collaboration and reflection; embrace diverse identities and literacies; seek shared knowledge, agency, and equity.

As a community of teachers and learners, we seek to:

    • Immerse future teachers in all aspects of teaching
    • Test pedagogy in action and put theory into practice
    • Engage in reflective practice and develop reflective practitioners
    • Promote collaboration as a form of democracy
    • Humanize education for and with all students
    • Foster partnerships between universities and secondary schools
    • Promote scholarship and inquiry as part of teaching

Penn State PDS Coordinator: 
The Pennsylvania State University
College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction
254 Chambers Building 
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

SCASD English Department Faculty PDS Associates: 
Raeann Horgas
 and Mary Lou Manhart
State College Area School District
Secondary English 
Professional Development School
State College, PA 16801