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The Professional Development School
Susan Lenihan, Fontbonne College
Fontbonne College and St. Joseph Institute for
the Deaf in St. Louis have worked collaboratively in
the preparation of teachers of the deaf for 35 years.
As a professional development school, St. Joseph s
has provided preservice teachers with extensive
opportunities for participation in the educational
process throughout their program. This presentation
addressed the benefits and challenges of a
professional development school for the education of
preservice teachers. Suggestions for successfully
developing and implementing such a program were
discussed. Strategies for helping a partnership
evolve and improve were also discussed. Resources
and materials to assist in this process were shared.
The Fontbonne/St. Joseph partnership is also a
part of a larger organization called the St. Louis
Professional Development School Collaborative
which is sponsored by the Danforth Foundation.
This network of universities, colleges, and the
partnership schools began in 1992 to assist the
higher education programs in their efforts to improve
teacher education as well as to renew the schools.
This network was described as a way to increase
connections within a community.
The presentation also included examples of
several successful outcomes of the professional
development school relationship such as action
research projects, professional development
opportunities for inservice and preservice teachers,
and innovative practices that influence the
organizational culture of schools and colleges.