Glassboro, West Deptford schools join Rowan’s Professional Development School Network

Glassboro, West Deptford schools join Rowan’s Professional Development School Network

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Leaders from Rowan University's College of Education and the Glassboro School District join together to celebrate the new Professional Development Schools Network partnership with the J. Harvey Rodgers School.

Rowan University’s College of Education recently welcomed two new schools to its active and expanding Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network.

Glassboro’s J. Harvey Rodgers School became the first early childhood education center to join the PDS network, while West Deptford Middle School became the first middle school to become a Rowan PDS.

Both schools were welcomed to the network during banner unfurling ceremonies at the schools. The schools became the eighth and ninth schools to join the network.

The PDS Network gives Rowan professors the opportunity to work side by side with classroom teachers on a shared goal to improve educational outcomes for students. Through the PDS collaboration, Rowan education professors serve as professors-in-residence at the schools. Together with school-based leadership teams, they work to facilitate professional development and research activities that support the educational goals of the schools and their districts.

The partnerships also mean that the schools join a larger PDS Network facilitated by the College of Education. The network promotes scholarship through local and national presentations and publications by Rowan faculty and PDS partner teachers.

“The goal of the PDS Network is a simple one: Working together, as one to improve educational outcomes for children,” says College of Education Dean Monika Shealey. “Together, we are working to ensure positive outcomes for all learners, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved.”

Rowan education professor Gina Heller, who teaches in the Department of Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education, will be the professor-in-residence at Rodgers School, which is the third Glassboro school in the network. The Thomas E. Bowe School joined the PDS network in 2015 and the Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary School joined in 2016.

West Deptford Middle School is the first school from that district to join the network. The professor-in-residence at the school is Natoya Coleman, who also teaches in the Department of Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education.

Rowan’s PDS Network also includes schools in Williamstown, Bridgeton and Vineland.