Professional Development School A Partnership between the USC Aiken and Aiken High School
A Professional Development School can “offer perhaps the strongest bridge between teacher education and classroom outcomes, academics and clinical education, theory and practice, and schools and colleges
(Levine, 2006, P. 105).
What is a PDS?
A collaborative partnership
between the school and the university
PDS ’s were designed to accomplish the following:
Prepare future educators
Provide current (in-service) educators with ongoing professional development
Encourage joint school-university faculty investigation of education-related issues
Promote the learning of K-12 students
How is this different from what we are currently doing?
Expectations for USCA Faculty:
Maintain communication with school personnel and teachers
Be available to provide professional development experiences for faculty if requested
Expectations for USCA Students (pre-service educators):
Exhibit professionalism at all times
Assist and teach under the supervision of the classroom teacher
Expectations for AHS Faculty:
Allow pre-service educators to assist and teach in the classroom
Provide constructive feedback to pre-service educators
Why do we want to do this?
What are the benefits?
A candidate working with students in a PDS setting (Elem.)