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KU Forms Professional Development School Program with Four Berks Districts

May 11, 2017

Photo:  L to R – Dr. George Fiore, superintendent, Kutztown Area School District; Julia Vicente, superintendent, Wyomissing School District; Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, Kutztown University; Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University; Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean, KU College of Education; Andrew Potteiger, superintendent, Brandywine Heights School District; and Dr. Robert Pleis, superintendent, Twin Valley School District.KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University College of Education signed an agreement with four Berks County school districts on Thursday, May 11.  The three-year agreement creates a Professional Development School Program at KU to enhance teaching and learning for PK-12 students.  

Participating schools include the Brandywine Heights Area School District, Kutztown Area School District, Twin Valley School District and Wyomissing Area School District.

KU and the districts will collaborate on research-based initiatives that will enable KU teacher candidates and interns from related programs, along with school district educators, to better understand and to improve practices related to teaching, learning and schooling. 

The agreement will have six goals:

Enhance the learning and educational opportunities of all PK-12 students.

Enrich KU educator preparation programs through transformative school-based learning experiences.

Create professional learning opportunities for school district and university faculty, administration and staff.

Engage in a shared commitment to reflective and innovative practices in PK-12 educational settings and KU educator preparation programs.

Conduct and disseminate research to inform educational policy and practice at the PK-12 and university levels.

Establish opportunities for cohort participants to engage in ongoing reflection and collaboration.  

Photo:  L to R - Dr. George Fiore, superintendent, Kutztown Area School District; Julia Vicente, superintendent, Wyomissing School District; Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, Kutztown University; Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, president, Kutztown University; Dr. Kenneth Teitelbaum, dean, KU College of Education; Andrew Potteiger, superintendent, Brandywine Heights School District; and Dr. Robert Pleis, superintendent, Twin Valley School District.