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    Oak Pointe Elementary School teams up with University of South Carolina for presentation at PDS National Conference

    For Immediate Release – January 5, 2017



    Oak Pointe Elementary School teams up with University of South Carolina for presentation at PDS National Conference


    IRMO- Oak Pointe Elementary School principal Cassy Paschal and second grade teacher Lindsay Head have teamed up with Dr. Thomas Hodges, Assistant Professor of Instruction and Teacher Education in Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina, and have been selected to present two different topics at the 2017 Professional Development Schools (PDS) National Conference on February 9-12 in Myrtle Beach. In addition, Paschal will co-facilitate the themed working group on Evaluating the PDS Experience. Head will also make a presentation during a co-teaching panel at the conference.


    The first presentation the group will present is titled Working at the Intersection of Methods and Professional Development. In this session, they will describe how integrated field experiences in methods coursework provides a powerful mechanism to work at the intersection of methods and professional development. Using examples from the delivery of mathematics methods coursework in the 2nd and 4th grade classrooms, the group will illustrate the power of integrated field experiences for developing unique professional learning opportunities for teacher candidates, classroom teachers and methods instructors alike.


    The second presentation, Differentiated Clinical Experiences: Creating Intentional Internship Placements, will describe the group’s efforts to develop a school-based system for thoughtful and intentional placement of both part and full-time internship candidates in host teacher classrooms. Through a system of classroom-based observations and group level interviews, interns are systematically placed with coaching teachers to leverage strengths and address weaknesses in candidate performance. In the presentation, the group will describe the theory that drives decision-making while making clear the practical significance of these efforts.


    “Oak Pointe’s partnership with the University of South Carolina is incredibly important to our school,” Paschal said. “Our common commitment to the teachers and children of South Carolina is evident in everything we do together. This partnership creates future teachers that are strong and competent, as well as professionally developing veteran teachers in our school. The reciprocal relationship that we have developed over the years is strong and purposeful, and we look forward to working together for many years to come.”