Kean University - College of Education

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In line with national movements in education, Kean University, in partnership with area school districts, has created a network of Professional Development Schools (PDSs) in which prospective teachers are prepared through a complex, comprehensive and systematic approach.  The work in a PDS is designed to improve P-12 student learning, strengthen teacher education, promote professional development, and support collaborative inquiry.

Professional Development Schools have been advocated in many commissions and reports on teacher education (Goodlad, 1990; Holmes, 1986; Holmes, 1990; Levine, 1992) as a vehicle for educational change.  Darling Hammond (1998) describes PDSs as places where prospective and cooperating teacher learning becomes (1) experimental, (2) grounded in teacher questions, (3) collaborative, (4) connected to and derived from teachers’ work with their students, and (5) sustained, intensive, and connected to other aspects of school change.

The central goal of a PDS is to create an exemplary school environment that provides for the ongoing tasks of school renewal while seeking to serve the needs of K-12 students.  A PDS provides a clinical setting for pre-service education in which university students and K-12 faculty engage in professional development, receive intense supervision, promote and conduct inquiry that advances knowledge of schooling, foster parental involvement with the school, and strengthen the university-school collaboration.

Professional Development School Sites

Elementary School Sites

Middle School Sites

Elizabeth: Dr. Orlando Edreira School #26, K-8

Hillside: Walter O. Krumbiegel Middle School

Hillside:   A.P. Morris Early Childhood Center and George Washington and Hurden Looker Elementary Schools

Linden:  Soehl Middle School

Perth Amboy:  Flynn Elementary School

Piscataway:  Conackamack Middle School

Plainfield:  Cedar Brook K-8 Center


Rahway:  Cleveland, Franklin, Madison and Roosevelt Elementary Schools

Rahway:  Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy

Roselle:  Harrison Elementary School

Perth Amboy: Shull Middle School

Toms River:  Citta and Silver Bay Elementary Schools


Woodbridge:  Matthew Jago Elementary School



High School Sites


Linden:  Linden High School


Plainfield: Plainfield High School


Rahway:  Rahway High School