The Professional Development School District began with the opening of J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School as a professional development school in August 2009.
In 2011, the Clarke County School District and the University of Georgia College of Education expanded their partnership to include the entire school district.
We now have more than a dozen active PDS sites and as many College of Education faculty members serving as professors-in-residence or on-site instructors. More than 500 UGA students participate in courses or field experiences at professional development schools every semester. In 2015, the partnership was recognized for exemplary achievement by the National Association of Professional Development Schools.
The partnership between Clarke County Schools and The University of Georgia have a four-fold mission:
- Preparing teacher candidates in a clinically rich environment
- Professional development at all levels
- Collaborative inquiry directed at the improvement of practice
- Enhanced student Learning