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ERIC Number: EJ987766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
From Year-Long Internship to PDS: Working Together to Build Better Teachers
Gray, Kimberly C.; Stockdale, Susan; Monti, Thomas
School-University Partnerships, v5 n2 p7-12 Fall 2012
The partnership between Kennesaw State University and Marietta Middle School, a 2012 recipient of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) "Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement," began as a year-long internship (YLI) program for teacher candidates in middle grades education at KSU. During the pilot year, the goals included the following four objectives: 1) identify excellent classroom teachers willing to mentor a pre-service teacher (intern) for the entire academic year; 2) critique, guide, and mentor interns using best practice unit design; 3) create a model for interns to observe and critique each others' teaching; and 4) develop this partnership into a PDS relationship using the "Nine Essentials" of NAPDS (NAPDS, 2008). As the YLI developed into a formalized PDS, the goal was to create a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that would enhance the learning of both in-service and pre-service teachers. Co-teaching, goal setting, and communication became the foci of professional development sessions for all participants. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia