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Spring 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 2  

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William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee renews funding for project with local schools

Bradley’s College of Education and Health Sciences has again received funding from the William T. Kemper Foundation and Commerce Bank Trustee to continue its Professional Development Schools (PDS) Project for a new three-year cycle. The Kemper Foundation has funded the project since 1995 because of the positive impact the project has on the community, the professions involved, and the research and development nature of the project.

The PDS Project involves four Peoria District 150 schools near Bradley: Manual Middle and High Schools, Roosevelt Magnet School, Whittier Primary, and Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center. In addition to teacher education preparation, students and faculty in nursing, physical therapy, counseling, and other departments are involved in a holistic approach to professional development. Each school has a designated coordinator who functions as a liaison between Bradley and the schools.

Dr. Joan Sattler, dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences, says, “This project has helped us transform how we prepare educators and health care professionals in an urban setting, similar to the teaching hospital concept. Over the years, many professional presentations and publications have resulted from research and practice in these settings, which continue to benefit others.”

Dr. Heljä Antola Crowe, the William T. Kemper Teaching Excellence Fellow, says the Kemper Teaching Academy, another facet of the program, “has remarkably transformed our college culture into a more collaborative and communicative entity.” Representatives from the schools and Bradley meet to discuss projects and to challenge each other in areas such as service in the community, well-being at work, technology, and other issues relating to teaching and learning.

Antola Crowe adds, “We are excited that the project was re-funded because we know how valuable it is for all of us as learners, in preparing professionals, and in creating more successful futures for our children and their families.”

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Calling the action | Computer science meets the rainforest | Mid-year commencement | More than crunching numbers | Reaching into the community | Outstanding First-year Student Awards | Saving green by going green | Share your ROTC memories | Late Night BU | Inauguration parade march | Discovering internships | Slideshow: Legislators from BU; Historic BU baseball; BU artists in Print/Drawing International