Unique opportunities for new teachers and established teacher mentors working together toward a graduate degree.
In an effort to build a new culture of professional learning within schools that will better meet the unique needs of today's students, the School of Education at USD initiated, in 1993, the concept of a Professional Development Center. The Center's focus is to provide new models of teacher education and development by serving as exemplars of practice, builders of knowledge, and vehicles for communicating professional understanding among teacher educators, novices, and veteran teachers. The PDC supports the learning of experienced and beginning teachers by creating settings in which novices enter professional practice by working with expert practitioners, enabling veteran teachers to renew their own professional development and assume new roles as mentors and teacher leaders. The Professional Development Center provides experiences where new and mentor teacher learning becomes experimental, grounded in teacher questions, collaborative and connected to and derived from teachers' work with their students.