The Fairmont State Professional Development School Partnership, which was originally established with 3 schools, grew over a 15 month period to 40 schools located in six counties. There is no doubt that this growth and commitment has been unique! Our goal of pursuing high levels of professionalism through simultaneous renewal continues to be the same. During this time, the School of Education, Health and Human Performance moved from a traditional model of student teacher supervision to the PDS liaison role. Our faculty members are involved in the familiar role of teacher education supervisor, but also work with public school colleagues to support their practice. To date the twenty-five faculty members from across campus embrace this work by committing to a set of newly developed institutional commitments for rigor and challenging work in teacher education.
Our Partnership offers students a unique opportunity to engage in best practice, with their host teachers, while being mentored by their PDS liaison. Together, they offer a realistic view of what public education really is and ways to create learning communities among themselves and within their own classrooms.
It is becoming increasingly evident that this collaborative model has had and will continue to have a significant impact on the way we prepare our teacher candidates and develop and maintain professional relationships of sharing with one another.
We realize that our journey must be taken together and as educators our ultimate common goal is to focus on improved student learning. I am pleased to say, the state of West Virginia, as well as Fairmont State University, is a national leader in this commitment to building and supporting these partnerships.
Director PDS Partnership/Clinical Experiences