The Cobb County School District and Kennesaw State University have been partners in a federal grant to create Professional Development Schools (PDS) in all schools that feed Osborne High School. The required components of a PDS include nine essential requirements:

 

·         A comprehensive mission that is broader in its outreach and scope than the mission of any partner and that furthers the education profession and its responsibility to advance equity within schools and, by potential extension, the broader community.

·         A school-university culture committed to the preparation of future educators that embraces their active engagement in the school community.

·         Ongoing and reciprocal professional development for all participants guided by need.

·         A shared commitment to innovative and reflective practices by all participants.

·         Engagement in and public sharing of the results of deliberate investigations of practice by respective participants.

·         An articulation agreement developed by the respective participants delineating the roles and responsibilities of all involved

·         A structure that allows all participants a forum for ongoing governance, reflection and collaboration.

·         Work by college/university faculty and P-12 faculty in formal roles across institutional settings.

·         Dedicated and shared resources and formal rewards and recognition structures.

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At Birney Elementary School we have interns from Kennesaw State University (KSU) that are learning from our dedicated, professional staff. We have KSU interns in the following classrooms: Ms. Lippert, Ms. Kane, Ms. Custance, Mr. Fortune, Ms. Tyson and Ms. Ransey.