Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation
PREPARING CULTURALLY SUSTAINING LEARNERS, LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS
The Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation is a policy innovation center. Our goal is to work mindfully, optimizing resources based on evidence of sustaining impact on the lives of children and youth around persistent educational problems and dilemmas. This model provides the synergy needed to develop cohesive systems in educator preparation and school partnerships.
The vision of the Holmes Center is to engage in cutting-edge research on personalized inclusive educational pathways by advancing the educational and social welfare of children, youth, families through a Problems of Practice Professional Development Schools District (PDSD) model of innovation, while mentoring educational leaders to sustain that work. Our inaugural Problems of Practice Summer Summit focused on multiage competency-based education and foundations in co-teaching, equity and problem-based learning.
The Holmes Center works with the PSU Council of Educator Preparation to ensure the effectiveness, accreditation and approval of teacher preparation programs. The Council of Educator Preparation is responsible for the oversight of education preparation programs and their alignment with state and national standards.The Holmes Center collaborates with school district partners, the state department of education and other educational agencies to maximize the learning experiences of teacher candidates. Our internships in teaching are characterized by collaboration, accountability and professionalism in continually improving learning environments.