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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Secondary Education: Professional Development Schools

Through a partnership with several secondary schools, more than 100 teachers have been trained as mentor faculty and 125 CEHD students have completed internships in English, math, science, or social studies since 2002. The partnership--which is the secondary-level branch of Mason's Professional Development School program--has expanded in size and scope in recent years and now matches on average ten interns and mentors each semester. Unique to this partnership is an intern/mentor matching process that allows for potential mentors and interns to offer detailed feedback on potential matches and thus ensures successful internship experiences and enhanced mentoring opportunities. School- and university-based SPDS personnel have shared the details and results of this process at multiple national conferences and plan to publish a report on this process in a scholarly journal. The SPDS program also highlights its "partnership" elements with collaboratively-facilitated seminars, professional development projects that serve veteran and novice educators in its school and university settings, and mentoring courses that are co-taught by school- and university-based teacher educators.