Professional Development Schools (PDS)
Professional Development Schools (PDS) are P-12 schools that are enjoined in collaborative planning partnerships with the College of Education's teacher preparation programs. The partnerships support the professional development of P-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, and University faculty. The primary beneficiaries to the partnerships are P-12 students who are expected to show dramatic improvements in their performance on standardized tests of achievement, especially in math and language arts. The faculty of each partnership work together to explore and develop initiatives that meet their educational needs.
Two schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System are in the initial phases of PDS agreements with the teacher preparation program in the College of Education. These schools are Crestworth Elementary and Capitol Elementary Schools. The Southern University Laboratory School continues to serve as a "teaching hospital" as it meets the needs of training our pre-service and in-service candidates.
The Southern University Laboratory School serves as a site for clinical/field experiences of students in the college, along with the unit's professional development and partner school. Since its founding history, the Laboratory School services P-12 students and is available to meet the educational research and field-based demonstration needs of the College of Education.
Southern University Laboratory School continues to maintain high standards for P-12 students. The success of a performance label of "two stars" exemplifies their commitment to excellence.
Crestworth Elementary School continues to serve as a training facility for pre-service teachers in the College of Education. In an effort to combine resources and work together to improve quality field and clinical experiences, staff and faculty development will continue to support the improvement of teaching and learning.
Crestworth's continuous efforts of assessing students' strengths, weaknesses and implementation of various strategies support the state's goals and objectives of academic success. The success of a performance label of "two stars"and the achievement of a school performance score of 79.4 supports student learning.
Capitol Elementary believes in "High Expectations for all Students." Their understanding of the commitment to provide support to pre-service teachers is guided by a common vision of the teaching and learning process. Capitol Elementary School's needs and strengths are determined by multiple assessments, along with implementation of various strategies to support student achievement. Their increased school performance score of 60.8 displays their supportive efforts of excellence.