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Preparing Educators as Leaders

2014-15 PDS Alliance Calendar 



Time / Location / Notes

8/11/14 Student Teaching Orientation
Elementary and UEC
JRP 150 – 8:30 – Noon JRP 150
PDS students – 11:30 – noon JRP 201
Week of

August 11

First day of Fall Student Teaching Student Interns report when schools do
9/18/14 PDS Executive Council Meeting KU Edwards Campus – 8:30am – noon
BEST building – room 335
10/13-10/14 KU Fall Break Student Teachers/Practicums follow their
school schedule not the KU fall break.
10/17/14 Last Day of Fall Student Teaching  
10/20/14 PDS Kick-Off Event Starside Elementary  4:30pm – 6:00pm
Light dinner will be served
All Schools and spring interns invited.
10/23/14 First Day for spring visits PDS spring placements report to schools
11/5/14 Education Career Day Lawrence KU Union – 12:30-3:00pm
PDS students to attend this function
11/6/14 PDS Executive Council Meeting De Soto USD 232 Board Office
8:30am – noon
12/12/14 Last day of Fall Semester classes Last day for PDS Interns at spring schools
1/4/15 Spring assignments start (anticipated) All PDS students report to their schools
the first day back as teachers do.
2/19/15 PDS Executive Council Meeting KU Edwards Campus- 8:30am – noon
BEST building – room 335
3/3/15 KU Education Interview Day Lawrence KU Union – all students excused
from student teaching to attend interviews
3/16-3/22 KU Spring Break PDS students follow school/district spring break
4/09/15 PDS Executive Council Meeting Lawrence – KU Continuing Ed. Bldg.
8:30am- noon
5/1/15 KU Interns last day at PDS sites Spring interns complete student teaching


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Natalie Teo in the classroom (PDS)

Natalie Teo/student teacher at Merriam Park Elementary:  

All children have the ability to be successful and to reach their full potential, however, some may be less fortunate in receiving the right tools and opportunities to do so. Educators play such a big role in providing those tools, opportunities and support for children, which is one of the reasons I want to be an educator. I had the privilege of being an Merriam Park Elementary, a title 1 school, that has given me the opportunity to work with students who are less fortunate. I faced many challenges during this time that has taught me to be a better teacher. One of the most important things I learned was building relationships with my students where they trust me to help them and guide them to success. I learned so much more from my students by having a relationship with them and they have helped me learn to be a more effective and loving teacher. One of the cutest and funniest things that have happened to be during student teaching is having 2-3 of my students call me “mom” by accident. Merriam Park Elementary is a family and it is clearly seen from the supportiveness of all the staff. It has been a great experience being apart of this family.