PDSD Joint Projects

PDSD Joint Projects


Experience UGA

Experience UGA is a partnership between the University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning, the Office of School Engagement in the College of Education, and the Clarke County School District, which aims to bring every Clarke County student (P-12) to UGA?s campus every year.

Through a variety of field trips, students in the Clarke County School District participate in hands-on, curricular-based learning activities. Increased exposure to college life through Experience UGA fosters interest in the pursuit of higher education among Clarke County students – an interest they might otherwise never realize.

Experience UGA field trips:

  • Foster a sense of excitement about higher education.
  • Provide learning and leadership opportunities for UGA students.
  • Provide a fun, interactive learning experience on a college campus for Clarke County students.
  • Meet the curricular goals of school and teachers.
  • Bring together the community and the university.
  • Happen every year at every grade level!

With support from the Office of School Engagement, the College of Education’s Department of Educational Theory and Practice sponsors the Experience UGA kindergarten field trip. Kindergarten students take a walking tour of campus led by early childhood education majors and discuss shapes they see in buildings and surroundings. Children then draw pictures of what they saw on their tour and read books together with UGA students.


Camp DIVE (Discover, Inquire, Voice, and Explore) is a partnership between the Clarke County School District (CCSD), the UGA College of Education, and the Athens-Clarke County community. The purpose of Camp DIVE is to provide an engaging and enriching summer experience for CCSD students in grades K-8 in order to prevent or diminish the well-known ‘summer slide’ phenomenon. To meet the needs of students most at-risk for this summer learning loss, the program is provided free of charge. The program served approximately 80 students in both June 2016 and June 2017.

For more information see: coe.uga.edu/campdive


Rutland Academy Partnership

One outgrowth of the PDSD is a partnership between the College of Education and Rutland Academy, a GNETS therapeutic educational setting that serves K-12 students from Clarke County and 12 surrounding school districts. Jolie Daigle, associate professor in the department of counseling and human development services and coordinator of the school counseling program, serves as a Professor on Special Assignment. She works on the development, implementation, and assessment of a social skills curriculum and also a career development curriculum which is aligned with the requirements of the Georgia BRIDGE Act (2010). Through this partnership, approximately 14 UGA school counseling and community counseling students participate in a required service- learning course offered at Rutland Academy and deliver social skills and career content to students at the academy using classroom guidance programming and small group sessions.

The director of Rutland Academy is Najma Hunter.