SITE-BASED TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS
About Professional Development Schools
Hundreds of colleges and K-12 schools across the nation have collaborated to create professional development schools (PDS). Housed in existing elementary, middle and high schools, professional development schools are to the teaching profession what teaching hospitals are to the medical profession. Like all K-12 schools, professional development schools are sites for teaching children and adolescents, but their mission also includes preparing teachers-in-training and advancing the professional practice of experienced teachers and college faculty. In professional development schools, veteran teachers, college faculty, and teachers-in-training work collaboratively within the school setting to advance their understanding of teaching and learning and to meet the challenge of providing an exemplary education for every student. TNTC has adopted this model for its teacher preparation programs.