Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation


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 (PPPDS) model of innovation, while mentoring educational leaders to sustain that work. Our  Problems of Practice Summer Summit focuses on multiage competency-based education and  foundations in co-teaching, equity and problem-based learning.

The Holmes Center is responsible for the Internship in Teaching that leads to teacher certification in New Hampshire. PSU’s teacher certification programs are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

The Holmes Center is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS), American Educational Research Association (AERA) and World Education Research Association (WERA). The Holmes Center also serves as the point of contact for Cluster projects in PSU’s Professional Development (PDS) schools.

The Holmes Center collaborates with the PSU Council of Educator Preparation (CEP) 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.