Professional Development Office
Professional Development Schools
Exercise your mind everyday, become a teacher! Arlington Public Schools and Marymount University offer a path to an M.Ed in PK-6 and/or Learning Disabilities (K-12) E-mail Vickie Taylor, Marymount/APS PDS Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arlington Public Schools (APS) has Professional Development School (PDS) arrangements with George Mason and Marymount Universities. Randolph Elementary is partnered with George Mason University. Washington Lee High School, Ashlawn and Jamestown Elementaries are partnered with Marymount.
The underlying goals of the PDS arrangements are:
To provide university students with the best possible preservice experience in order to ensure high quality new teacher candidates.
To provide Arlington Public Schools teachers with the knowledge and support needed to work most effectively with preservice teacher candidates.
To create a partnership between the individual school and university in order to give the schools access to university resources including educational research projects.
At W-L, university interns spend a full semester in the school. At the elementary schools, interns spend a full school year in the schools. Interns in the Ashlawn/Jamestown program spend one semester at each school. In addition, university interns are required to substitute teach for a specified number of days. The daily substitute pay is credited to the intern's tuition.
Each university provides a faculty member who is responsible for the PDS program at each school. They are responsible for supervising and evaluating the interns. Arlington Public Schools also provides a site coordinator at each school. They are: