Professional Development


Professional Development System University-School Partnership

Our PDS is a partnership among the Watson College of Education and 210 schools (including eight early colleges, two public charter schools and one Laboratory School). The partnership is intensive in that it collaborates with districts in placing student interns, provides critical professional development, develops research, supports the design and implementation of grants, informs our teacher education programs, builds quality teaching capacity, values reciprocity, and engages in reflective practice by building a community of learners. Our PDS supports a continuum of professional learning that begins with the recruitment of future teachers and supports their ongoing development throughout their career as leaders in our profession.

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National Board Certified Teachers

The Watson College of Education's "National Board Certification Support Program" for educators in our partnership districts began in 2001 and has continued to be a valuable resource for participants. The Watson College of Education will provide support for National Board Candidates throughout certification cycles.

We have structured the activities and delivery sequence to provide increased support for all candidates and to address the changes implemented by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

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First Years of Teaching

The Watson College of Education supports its graduates in the first three years of their teaching career through the 1st Years of Teaching Leadership Program. This program engages teachers in reflective decision-making focused on developing instructional practices that increase student performance.

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