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A partnership to learn, collaborate, and grow!

500+ UGA students take part each year | 20 courses taught on-site at schools each semester | 9 faculty members serving as professors-in-residence

Partner schools

The Professional Development School District gives you the opportunity to learn student-centered teaching skills in K-12 classrooms in the Athens area.

  • What is co-teaching?
  • Graduate student support
  • View on-site courses

Background and resources

Learn how you can join our exciting partnership as a professor-in-residence or a faculty mentor, teach a course on-site at a local school, take part in research, or provide additional support to Athens-area schools.

  • What is a professor-in-residence?
  • Teach an on-site course
  • Contact us to get involved

Learning and support

Become a mentor teacher or learn more about professional development opportunities at the school or district levels. For administrators, learn more about forming a PDS partnership.

  • Apply to be a mentor teacher
  • Our professional development opportunities
  • Contact us for PDS support services

Meet Our Partner Schools

What's Happening at Each School?

Find out more about the faculty and programs at individual professional development school sites:

  • Alps Road Elementary
  • Barrow Elementary School
  • Cedar Shoals High School
  • Clarke Central High School
  • Clarke Middle School
  • Fowler Drive Elementary School
  • H.B. Stroud Elementary School
  • Hilsman Middle School
  • J.J. Harris Elementary School
  • Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School
  • Rutland Academy
  • W.R. Coile Middle School

Partner schools in the Professional Development School District are much more than places for UGA students to learn how to be great teachers. Throughout Clarke County, UGA faculty collaborate with teachers to learn and improve new methods and conduct research to improve the overall educational experience. Mentor teachers pair with UGA students to foster classroom growth. And UGA students are able to work one-on-one with K-12 students to add to their top-notch experience in Clarke County Schools.

The partnership between Clarke County Schools and The University of Georgia has 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


Articles and Chapters

Faculty and graduate students collaborate with teachers and administrators to conduct research within the context of the Professional Development School District.

  • Articles and book chapters
  • Scholarship

Want to start a PDS?

Find resources, presentations. and general information about creating your own success story using our proven model.

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On-Site Courses

Download a list of UGA courses that are taught by faculty at Athens-area schools.

  • 2017-2018 courses
  • Summer 2018 courses

The Professional Development School District

Learn more about the PDSD partnership between the UGA College of Education and Clarke County School District.

About the Professional Development School District

The Professional Development School District began with the opening of J.J. Harris Elementary 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.

In 2013, we assisted in launching Experience UGA, an initiative to bring every students in Clarke County to the University of Georgia campus once a year during their time in Clarke County Schools. Through a variety of field trips, students take part in curricular-based activities and become exposed to life on a college campus. Today, field trips are organized through UGA's Experience UGA.

In 2015, the partnership was recognized for exemplary achievement by the National Association of Professional Development Schools.

In 2016, we launched Camp DIVE, a monthlong immersive summer camp for nearly 100 children. This free camp combined literacy exercises with activities, creative experiences, field trips and community organizations to give kids in kindergarten through grade 8 a leg up on learning during the summer.

To date our partnership has:

  • 12+ active professional development school sites
  • 14+ College of Education faculty members serving as professors-in-residence or on-site instructors
  • 500+ UGA students participating in courses or field experiences at professional development schools every semester

The mission of our partnership is to improve the quality of education for all our students through a student-centered approach that fosters:

  • Engagement in learning
  • Interdisciplinary understanding and problem solving
  • Critical inquiry and higher order thinking skills.
  • Authentic learning, connected to real-world issues
  • A sense of civic responsibility

Contact Us

629 Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602


Director: Janna Dresden