Soar to Excellence!
Veterans Elementary School promotes life-long learning by embracing its diversity, providing students with dynamic classroom experiences and exposing them to the cultural arts in a climate that is rigorous, safe, nuturing and respectful.
What is a PDS?
A Professional Development School (PDS) is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school system and institution of higher education (IHE) faculty. The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning. A PDS may involve a single or multiple schools, school systems and IHEs and may take many forms to reflect specific partnership activities and approaches to improving both teacher education and PreK-12 schools.
~from Professional Development Schools: An Implementation Manual, Spring 2003
About Our Partnership
As of the 2008-2009 school year, Veterans has started a new Early Childhood Professional Development School partnership with Towson University and Rockburn Elementary. Our University Coordinator (IHE) is Dr. Christopher Miedl. He is new to Towson and is looking forward to working with Rockburn and Veterans. Amy Ashmore (RES) and Erin Randall (VES) will serve as PDS site liaisons facilitating communication and professional development opportunities between the university and school partners.
As a part of this partnership Rockburn Elementary and Veterans Elementary will host student interns completing their early childhood field experiences. Student interns will participate in a 3-semester field experience rotation. In their first semester they will have a 1 day/week experience in PreK or Kindergarten. The second semester (1 day/week) field experience will be in one of the primary grades (1-3). During the final semester student interns will return to each of their previous mentors’ classes to complete student teaching.
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The Towson / HCPSS Early Childhood PDS (Rockburn Elementary and Veterans Elementary) strives to use collaboration, clear goal setting, and effective communication to develop reflective thinking and best practice instruction that supports life long learning for all adult and child stakeholders.