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, entirely school-based, teacher education program. We advocate an inquiry model for classroom instruction, professional development, and educational research. Together, we hope to construct and share knowledge about language, literacy, learning, and teaching as they function to create our identities, relationships, and values in school and society.

Our English PDS would not be possible without the sustained efforts and support of many SCASD and PSU participants. Special thanks to Sandra Wyngaard, SCASD English Department Chair, who helped us begin our PDS program in 1997, and to Carol Paul, Mary Nasatka, Chris Merritt, Jeff King, Marianne Bowers, Kate Hoffman, Melissa Wager, and Veronica Iacobazzo who have served as school district PDS Directors. Additional key supporters have included Marcia Kramer, Pam Francis, Chris Merritt, Marybeth Irvin, and past Superintendent of Schools, Patricia Best, and current Superintendent Robert O'Donnell. Also instrumental in sustaining our institutional collaboration since 1995 to the present were Josephine Pirrone, prior SCASD English Department Chair, Curriculum and Instruction Department Chairs Peter Rubba, Murry Nelson, Greg Kelly, and Carla Zembal-Saul, Director of Field Experiences, Jim Nolan and Daniel Thompson, and College of Education Deans Rodney Reed and David Monk.

Secondary English
Professional Development School
State College School Distract
State College, PA 16801
Phone: (814) 231-5066
Fax: (814) 231-5070
District Directors:
Melissa Wager
and Veronica Iacobazzo

Language and Literacy Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education
254 Chambers Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-2240
Fax: (814) 863-7602
Email: Jamie Myers