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Through a special education partnership with Davis & Elkins College, Randolph County Schools and the Kump Education Center, Professional Development Schools are educating not only students, but also mentoring young adults who are just beginning their careers in the field.

For those working toward an education degree, each student spends a total of 600 hours in area public school classrooms before they graduate and are certified to teach. Through the cooperation of teachers, student teachers and classroom observers, direct engagement of college students in lesson planning and classroom management is achieved.

D&E recently presented education banners to Elkins High School, Elkins Middle School, Midland Elementary School and Third Ward Elementary School, all Professional Development School partners.

"The Professional Development Schools framework allows us to move forward together to be the best educators we can be, and to share this knowledge and love of learning with our future teachers," says Sue Talbott, Davis & Elkins College adjunct professor of education and Professional Development Schools coordinator. "It is so rewarding to listen to our students discuss the dynamics of an effective learning environment or the best practices they have observed while in a classroom. This field experience is vital to the growth of our teacher candidates."