The Benedum Collaborative at West Virginia University has accepted eight West Virginia public schools as new”Professional Development Schools”(PDS) in its school-university partnership.

The Benedum Collaborative, a nationally recognized effort in the renewal of public schools and teacher education, is one of the oldest and most successful partnerships in the United States.

The eight new schools are:

  • Harrison County
  • Bridgeport High School
  • Gore Middle School
  • Johnson Elementary School
  • South Harrison High School
  • Marion County
  • Blackshere Elementary
  • East Park Elementary
  • White Hall Elementary
  • Monongalia County

  • Clay Battelle Middle/High School

As Professional Development Schools, these public school partners collaborate with WVU in enhancing the quality of educator practice in K-12 and at the University, in the preparation of new teachers and in improving the achievement levels of public school students.

The foundation for the work is school-based professional development determined by professionals in the PDS in cooperation with WVU faculty and shared responsibilities for teacher education on the WVU campus and the PDS .

The Benedum Collaborative provides the foundation for the five-year teacher education program where students earn a bachelors degree in content area and a masters degree in education. Students in the program go through rigorous admissions process, must maintain a 2.75 grade point average and spend three years in clinical experiences in PDS (more than 1,100 hours) prior to graduating and being recommended for certification as teachers.

The Benedum Collaborative was established in 1990 as one of the nations first school-university partnerships. The Collaborative has benefited greatly from the support of the Pittsburgh-based Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, WVU and the five-county school systems in which the partnership is located.

The addition of eight schools brings the Benedum Collaborative to 29 PDS sites in the five-county region.