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School of Education

Professional Development School

What is a Professional Development School?

Professional development schools (PDSs) are innovative institutions formed through partnerships between professional education programs and P–12 schools. PDS partnerships have a four-fold mission:

  • the preparation of new teachers,
  • faculty development,
  • inquiry directed at the improvement of practice, and
  • enhanced student achievement.

PDSs improve both the quality of teaching and student learning.

Our Professional Development school partners play an important role in the education of our teacher candidates.