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Middle Childhood Partnership

The Patton College of Education's Middle Childhood Education program currently partners with three local school districts across three intermediate and middle schools to provide PDS Teacher Candidate placements for students during their junior year. Cohort groups spend a year with a team of professors and middle childhood faculty studying an integrated curriculum and gaining intensive classroom experience. 


Athens City School District’s Mission: 

The Athens City School District collaborates with students, parents and the community to provide an enriched and rigorous learning environment where every student uses multiple pathways to grow, problem-solve, and reach their potential as a lifelong learner and productive citizen. 

The Plains Intermediate

What is unique about The Plains Intermediate? 

  • Currently housing 4th-6th grade students 
  • A chance to interact with the community during extracurricular functions; volunteers from the community compile approximately 4500 volunteer hours per year 
  • Inclusive classroom settings with multi-cultural experience 
  • Fellowship position available for post graduate degree 
  • Utilizes the Responsive Classroom approach to establish classroom community as well as motivate students to be an active partner in their learning 
  • Teachers utilize the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units of Study, and Number Talks and cognitively guided instructional methods to encourage students to discuss their thinking and understanding of mathematics 
  • Teachers recognize the need to assess and identify students in need of early intervention in language and literacy skills, allowing children to receive individualized intervention at the beginning of their educational experiences. 


Opportunities for Candidates 

  • Observe experienced teachers and have opportunities to reflect, ask questions and make observations about what they notice 
  • Work with Orton-Gillingham phonics' program to assist at-risk students with reading difficulties 
  • Conduct and analyze a variety of reading assessments in order to gather data for use by classroom teachers 
  • Observe, and be mentored by, experienced teachers utilizing Responsive Classroom philosophies 
  • Experience assisting with and creating a variety of classroom activities/lessons at differing grade levels (4-6) 
  • Connect theory learned in OHIO methods classes to a clinical setting 
  • Plan and gain practice in teaching both small and whole group lessons that support integrated content area learning, and receive feedback on teaching 
  • Together with classroom teachers, candidates plan and implement intervention designed to help children achieve grade level expectations in reading and mathematics 
  • Work individually or with small groups on specific strategies and skills to support literacy development 
  • Use a variety of assessment instruments to gather data on student learning 


Contact Information 

Heather Sammons 
Teacher Liaison

Dr. Danielle Feeney
Faculty Coordinator


Logan-Hocking School District’s Mission: 

We will provide for the cognitive, social and emotional development of all students, enabling them to graduate and become productive, responsible citizens. 

Logan-Hocking Middle 

What is unique about Logan-Hocking Middle? 

  • Logan-Hocking Middle School is comprised of grades five through eight and is a true middle school  
  • It is one of the largest in the area, serving over 1200 students 
  • The majority of the school district is rural, and around 60% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch 
  • Deemed Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education 


Opportunities for Candidates 

  • The partnership allows for OHIO teacher candidates to visit, observe and co-teach with the LHMS teachers and administrators 
  • Teacher candidates support LHMS student learning as they work with individual learners, small groups, and large groups 
  • Teacher candidates also participate and volunteer in a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, clubs, choral music groups and band 
  • Teacher candidates support all learning by providing enrichment, evaluating student work and providing feedback, creating welcoming and engaging learning environments, working with small groups, teaching whole classes, and hosting study skills sessions 


Contact Information 

Jasmine Ball
Teacher Liaison

Dr. Danielle Feeney
Faculty Coordinator


Nelsonville-York City School District’s Mission: 

Our vision is to provide a well-rounded educational experience that will support transition from student to global citizen. We expect our students to achieve academic success and become responsible, independent, life-long learners who contribute positively to their communities. 

Nelsonville-York Middle 

What is unique about Nelsonville-York Middle? 

  • Located in the beautiful rolling hill country of Ohio, Nelsonville-York Middle is part of one central campus 
  • The Middle School serves 300+ in grades 6 through 8
  • Caring, understanding, passionate teachers and staff work with candidates in a learning community focused on a common goal: SUCCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS


Opportunities for Candidates 

  • Working with students at all academic levels in small groups, whole groups and individually 
  • Use of technology in each classroom with Smart Boards, document cameras, projectors, iPads and chromebooks 
  • Participating in teacher based team meetings, working in grade level teams and applying data based instructional decisions to meet the needs of all learners, academically and emotionally


Contact Information 

Jay Kline
Teacher Liaison

Dr. Jane Skon 
Faculty Coordinator