Southern Delaware Professional Development Center Staff
specialists support partner school districts by providing on-site teacher
professional development, coaching and mentorship. The specialists strive to provide teachers
with research based teaching strategies that translate to effective practice in
the classroom. In turn, this teacher
practice impacts student learning.
Professional Development Center's goal is to assist teachers and administrators
in improving student learning.
Therefore, students will graduate from high school prepared for college
and/or careers in Delaware and other states." - Tracy Hudson, Program Coordinator
Established by the University of Delaware, the Southern Delaware
Professional Development Center is dedicated to providing school
districts and current/future educators with research-based exemplary
practices that have the highest impact on student achievement. In
addition, we provide support in curriculum development and alignment to
Common Core State Standards, pedagogical support, and responsive
professional development based on individualized district needs.
Connecting educators with University of Delaware resources.
Assisting current teachers on best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Providing support to future educators through the student teaching process.
Coordinating and sustaining long term professional development and reform.
During her 30+ years in
public education, Tracy Hudson has served roles as a secondary reading teacher,
elementary teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Reading Specialist and
administrator. Her responsibilities included coordinating and meeting with the
district's principals, Reading Specialists, ELL teachers, counselors, and
Mentor Coordinator. During her tenure as Reading Specialist, her school was
recognized as a NCLB National Distinguished Blue Ribbon School and National
Distinguished Title I School by the U.S. Department of Education. Her school
was also recognized with the Fordham University Change Award, Ed Trust "Closing
the Achievement Gap" Award, and Exemplary HOSTS Mentoring Program. She was
selected for the Indian River High School Hall of Fame, the Superintendent's
Award of Excellence and the Delaware Chamber of Commerce Superstars in
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