The Professional Development School established by the Monmouth University School of Education and the Vetter School (Eatontown Public Schools) is a collaborative, learning-centered community that is dedicated to developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will prepare P-20 learners for success in the 21st century workplace. All participants will promote and sustain:
Dr. Groff's EDL 326 class is already very busy at Vetter this spring semester. They started the semester by doing a scavenger hunt around the school (put together by school counselor and Monmouth alum, Ellyn Rosati) and meeting their first-grade reading buddies, with whom they partner with each Friday in Mrs. Neary's and Mrs. Johnson's classes. Ms. Tiffany Bufford, special education teacher and the Vetter PDS staff liaison, and Mr. Kevin Iozzi, principal, went over the district policies and procedures for fieldwork with the teacher candidates. Dr. Groff's class is looking forward to doing a pen-pal program, as well, this spring. There are also plenty of opportunities for the Monmouth teacher candidates to get involved in extra programs at the school.
In addition to working with the class, Dr. Groff is enjoying the work of assisting the teachers to better use their assessments systems to form guided reading groups and plan for differentiated instruction. She looks forward to several sessions with the teachers this spring.