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Professional Development Schools

In 1997 Hood College began a Professional Development School (PDS) partnership with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) in Maryland. The partnership includes elementary, middle and high schools in FCPS. The Hood College/FCPS Partnership Mission Statement is:

Improving student achievement by preparing highly-qualified teachers today, for tomorrow’s classrooms.

What is a PDS?

A Professional Development School (PDS) is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school systems and institutions of higher education (IHE) faculty. The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning.

Participants in the PDS partnership recognize a shared responsibility for the preparation of interns, the professional development of in-service teachers and administrators, improvement of all students’ learning, and improvement in professional practice. PDSs provide the site for performance-based learning by interns and offer interns successive experiences that build upon and integrate knowledge gained from coursework within the teacher preparation program. The partnership between the local school system and IHE ensures alignment of curriculum with the activities that interns observe and conduct within the PreK-12 classroom. PDS supports a focus on student learning that then informs curriculum development within the teacher preparation program. Additionally, PDS serves as a laboratory for demonstrations of best practices and introduction of new pedagogical techniques, including those that involve the use of technology.

PDS vs. Partner Schools

All PDS and Partner schools are a part of our Education Council to provide professional growth opportunities for all stakeholders, to establish extensive internships for Hood students under the direction of master teachers, and to support professional inquiry into best practices for improving student achievement.

A PDS works with our teaching interns in a cohort of 5 or more through their senior year, Phase II and Phase III internship.

A Partner School works with interns during their sophomore and junior year as they complete ½ day field experiences.

Program Highlights

  • Students complete field experiences within PDS and Partner schools throughout all phases of their education program.
  • Teaching interns complete an intensive 100-day internship within a PDS in cohorts of 5 or more.
  • Teaching interns work with highly qualified full-time PDS mentors who have considerable expertise in the field.
  • Students are immersed into the culture of PDS and partner schools by being active participants in the local PDS education community.
  • Elementary education classes are taught on-site at one of the PDS sites.
  • Collaboratively planned professional development opportunities with PDS faculty/staff, student interns and college faculty
  • The PDS program is in alignment with standards set by NCATE PDS Standards and Maryland State Department of Education PDS Standards

Program Field Experience Requirements

Program Prerequisite

EDUC 204 Foundations for Effective Teaching — interns are in schools ½ day (minimum 3 hours) per week


As interns complete education courses during phase I, they are in schools ½ day (minimum 3 hours) per week.


Teaching Interns begin their 100 day internship. They are assigned in cohorts of 5 or more to a PDS. They are at the PDS for 2 1/2 days per week.


Teaching Interns are in full internship. They complete two full-time internship experiences. Early Childhood Teaching Interns will have one grade 1st — 3rd classroom experience and one Kindergarten experience.

Hood College PDS and Partner Schools

You may go to the Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland website to view a PDS or Partner school’s own website.

PDS’s for 2010-2011

Governor Thomas Johnson High
 Marty Tarr, Principal
Governor Thomas Johnson Middle
Neal Case, Principal
Monocacy Middle School
Everett Warren, Principal
Monocacy Elementary
Jason Anderson, Principal
North Frederick Elementary
 DeVeda Coley, Principal
Urbana High
Kathy Campagnoli, Principal
Windsor Knolls Middle
Nancy Doll, Principal
Kemptown Elementary
Steve Parsons, Principal
Walkersville High School
Michael Concepcion, Principal
Walkersville Middle School
Jamie Aliveto, Principal
Walkersville Elementary
Stephanie Brown, Principal
Glade Elementary School
Sunora Knill-Wilbur, Principal
Valley Elementary
Tess Blumenthal, Principal

Partner Schools

Brunswick Elementary
Patricia Hosfelt, Principal
Spring Ridge Elementary
Debbie Thackston, Principal
New Midway — Woodsboro Elementary
Cynthia Houston, Principal
Centerville Elementary
Stephen Raff, Principal
Green Valley Elementary
Leigh Warren, Principal
Urbana Elementary
Jan Hollenbeck, Principal