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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

PDS Initiatives

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Recent trends in educational reform have focused on Professional Development Schools (PDS), where pre-service teachers spend much of their time in P-12 classrooms and work with collaborative teams of faculty from school districts and colleges of education. In conjunction with departments in the College of Education, the Center has helped establish pilot sites in rural and urban settings, in traditional and non-traditional schools, with the goal of developing these into full-fledged teacher preparation partnership programs.


PDS initiatives involving partner districts and MSU support collaborative projects that meet the unique needs of individual buildings in a district, professional development opportunities for in-service and pre-service teachers, quality clinical experiences for pre-service teachers, mentorship opportunities for pre-service and beginning teachers, educational exchanges to share resources and best practices, and increased student achievement in P-12 classrooms. In addition, partnerships create opportunities for research, including action research, and encourage P-12 and University faculty to attend and present at state and national PDS conferences.

Check out the Center's publications for updates on PDS projects and activities between MSU and its partner districts.