Activities in PDS Schools
Activities unique to PDS Schools include, but are not limited to
- “rounds”- a medical model of professional development
- Teachers and teacher candidates looking together at student work
- Matching of teacher candidate and cooperating teacher for field experiences in methods courses experiences and in student teaching.
- Teacher research projects
The Roles of Teachers in PDS Schools
Teachers in professional development schools are important models of professional learning involvement and leadership for students. They engage in a wide-range of professional activities. They:
- Co-supervise student teachers and interns;
- Participate as co-instructors or coaches in school-based course experiences;
- Participate on curriculum teams in the arts, humanities, mathematics, physical and natural sciences, and social sciences with Rivier liberal arts and education faculty;
- Share, reflect on and develop their teaching practice and understanding of student learning in teams---a practice called “rounds”;
- Conduct research in their own classrooms, sometimes in collaboration with Rivier faculty;
- Study and assess student work in teams (a process of “collaborative inquiry”);
- Work on curriculum development projects or applied research programs;
- Assess student teaching portfolios with education and liberal arts faculty.