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Professional Development Schools

Worcester County Public Schools is committed to providing the best education possible for our youth. Having the best teachers in our classrooms is paramount. In addition to providing our teachers with professional development that is ongoing and relevant, our school system works collaboratively with colleges and universities to help prepare future teachers for success in the classroom. This collaborative partnership is comprised of schools where future teacher interns are able to be paired with mentor teachers for internships. Partnership schools are referred to as Professional Development Schools (PDS).

What are the benefits of a Professional Development School partnership?

  • The emphasis of PDS is to continually develop a community of life-long learners where current teachers, future teachers, university/college faculties, and students learn together.
  • The focus of PDS is to improve academic student achievement. Mentor teachers and future teachers focus on teaching excellence.
  • Mentor teachers and future teachers use the collaborative teaching model.
  • The teacher-to-student ratio is cut in half when a future teacher interns in a classroom.
  • There are more opportunities for differentiated instruction when a future teacher interns in a classroom.
  • Students benefit from having an additional resource (future teacher intern) in the classroom.
  • Many of our teacher interns are hired by our school system.
  • Mentor teachers have the opportunity to earn 3 MSDE credits. Click on abstract to learn more.
  • Site coordinators also have the opportunity to earn 3 MSDE credits. Click on abstract to learn more.

Which colleges and universities are PDS partners?
(Click on the university / college below to travel to their website PDS connection!)

Salisbury University: (Click to link to SU's PDS connection.)

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES): (Click to link to UMES' home page.)

Wilmington University (Click to link to the college's home page.)

Wor-Wic Community College (Click to link to the college's home page.)