The Professional Development School (PDS) Program is a K-6 site based learning experience for multiple subject credential candidates and pre-requisite students. The program offers both pre-requisite and all four method courses at two different school sites during our Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.
Our goal in offering the courses at Collegewood and other emerging PDS sites is to create a cohort-based professional learning community for you. It is advisable to take all the classes at the site to be able to complete the program as a group. With the PDS program, you do not need to vie for classes, they are preset for you for the entire program. The current schedule is listed below.
As a PDS student, you have access to school site teachers, administrators, resources and professional development opportunities. When it comes time for Clinical Practice (formally known as Directed Teaching), you will be working in K-6 classrooms with trained Cooperating Teachers who are ready to teach you current innovative and effective techniques in teaching.
The PDS offers great benefits such as:
Fall 2011 Schedule for Collegewood Elementary - Multiple Subject Methods Courses is:
|Monday||10:00 - 1:50 PM||
Theory/Practice in Math Education
|Tuesday||10:00 - 1:50 PM||
Theory/Practice in Reading Educaton
|Wednesday||10:00 - 1:50 PM||
Theory/Practice in Social Studies
|Thursday||10:00 - 1:50 PM||
Theory/Practice in Science Education
The Coordinator of Multiple Subject Program and the PDS site at Collegewood is Dr. Janeen Volsey. If you require more information than is provided here, please email Dr. Volsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q: Is the Professional Development School program option for me?
A: Good Question! If you are looking for a unique teacher preparation program experience then yes! This program combines your university coursework with hands-on learning in a K-6 classroom. This means we are looking for students who are energetic about getting into the classroom and working with onsite teachers and K-12 students.
Also, if you are interested in taking one or more courses during the day, then yes. If you are unable to commit to any daytime classes then the traditional track would be the best option for you.
Q: Do you have a SIngle Subject Program using the PDS model?
A: This is still in the works and currently we offer placements at our PDS –Lorbeer Middle School in Pomona Unified School District. If you are interested in this secondary school placement for Clinical Practice please let us know. As for course offerings, this is still in development so check back soon!
Q: What’s the difference between a traditional track and a PDS track?
A: First, the times that courses are offered and how the course fieldwork is completed are significntly different beween the two tracks. As part of the day-time track, you attend classes on site and then observe or work on a lesson during class time with an actual elementary class and teacher. In the traditional track you take classes in the evening and fieldwork is arranged at a separate time per your schedule. The traditional track is what is currently in place in the Cal Poly Pomona Multiple Subject Program.
Second, there is singificantly more hands-on learning or learn-by-doing built into the PDS track. The availaiblity of students in classroom enables ffaculty members to use the classroom as a laboratory for your learning. You are also the "extra set of hands" for the classroom teacher in helping address student learning needs.
Third, you receive considerable support on your journey to becoming a teacher. This support comes from onsite administrators and teachers who are always willing to help you be a successful educator. Furthermore, as you go through the program with a cohort groups, you develop life-long professional colleagues. Cohort members can become your support system for completing the program and becoming even more experienced and creative than you ever imagined!
Q: Where are the PDS schools?
A: We currently have two wonderful schools - Collegewood Elementary in Walnut Valley Unified School District and Temple Academy in Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.
Q: Can I do my Clinical Practice at a PDS?
A: Yes! Our candidates apply to do their Clinical Practice at a PDS or other partnering schools. If you are assigned to a PDS for your Clinical Practice you will enjoy the benefits of being in a cohort with a small number of your peers.
December 1st marked a day unlike any other for the students at the Collegewood Elementary Professional Development School. Collegewood students embarked on a fantastic journey in the Sciences with help from Cal Poly Pomona Teacher Education students. The students from TED 431, Theory and Practice in Science, created hands on science demonstrations for Collegewood students to enjoy. Truly fulfilling the Cal Poly Pomona mission of “Learn by Doing”, it was a world of learning as students explored carbon dioxide build up with baking soda, properties of matter using dry ice and much more! More than 240 students from grades K-5 came to learn, share and explore in this day of science.