ERIC Number: ED469955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Collaboration for Student and Teacher Achievement through Professional Development School Partnerships.
Aldrich, Jennifer E.
This paper describes an early childhood Professional Development School (PDS) partnership between an all kindergarten elementary school and a comprehensive state university, focusing on the process of collaboration between partners. The process began in the spring 2002 semester, with the school principal inviting the university faculty and PDS coordinator to meet with school faculty and discuss the PDS. School faculty members supported the idea and were invited to attend a PDS summer workshop. They met with university faculty to discuss and plan for the PDS. The school faculty, principal, and university faculty agreed to meet monthly to discuss relevant literature of interest to the group. The early childhood curriculum course is taught in the elementary school art room. University interns are in the kindergarten classrooms twice a week, and university faculty visit classrooms each Tuesday and Thursday. The interns plan, implement, and assess lessons in collaboration with the classroom teachers. The PDS partnership has set and is meeting several goals to promote teacher, intern, and student achievement (e.g., increasing public school student achievement, developing strong collaborative professional relationships, and developing teachers in leadership roles). (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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