Professional Development Schools

Professional Development Schools (PDS) are schools that have joined with a university to accomplish educational goals that are mutually benefiting to each. A PDS is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of teacher candidates and the continuous professional development of teachers. The design of a PDS partnership is based on outcomes for the PreK-12 students in the school with collaborative staff development and pre-service teacher preparation centered on those outcomes.  At a PDS, University courses are held within the school context.  These schools are clinical sites where cohorts of teacher candidates participate in structured learning experiences as part of their professional education programs.

There is a formal agreement between the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and the School District of La Crosse and the School District of Onalaska.  These agreements include the following purposes:

  • Exemplary instruction and other educational experiences for PK-12 students
  • Preparation of teachers and other school based educators
  • Professional development of teachers and other school based educators
  • Applied inquiry designed to improve practice

Administrative Leadership

UW-La Crosse: Marcie Wycoff-Horn, Interim Director of the School of Education
wycoff-h.marc@uwlax.edu

Sheila Wirkus, Director Field Experience, UW-La Crosse
wirkusps.shei@uwlax.edu

Cindy Duley, Assistant Director Field Experience, UW-La Crosse
duley.cynt@uwlax.edu

Onalaska Schools: Fran Finco, Director of Instructional Services
finfr@mail.onalaska.k12.wi.us

La Crosse Schools: Randy Nelson, Associate Superintendent of Instruction
ranelson@sdlax.k12.wi.us

Professional Development Schools

Holmen

Prairie View Elementary
1019 McHugh Rd
Holmen, WI 54636
School: Patrice Tronstad
UWL: Ann Epstein
Program: EC-MC
Field Level: I

Viking Elementary
500 E Wall Street
Holmen, WI 54636
School: Bonnie Striegel
UWL: Ann Epstein
Program: EC-MC
Field Level: I

La Crosse

Central High School
1801 Losey Blvd S
La Crosse, WI 54601
School: Jeff Fleig
UWL: Megan Litster
Program: EA-A
Field Level: II

Emerson Elementary
2101 Campbell Rd
La Crosse, WI 54601
School: Lynda Gruber-Suskey
UWL: Jenni McCool
Program: EC-MC, MC-EA
Field Level: II

Logan High School
1500 Ranger Drive
La Crosse, WI 54603
School: Deborah Markos
UWL: Megan Litster
Program: EA-A
Field Level: II

Longfellow Middle School
1900 Denton Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
School: Penny Reedy
UWL: Ann Yehle
Program: MC-EA
Field Level: II

North Woods International Elementary
N2541 Sablewood Road
La Crosse, WI 54601
School: Sandy Brauer
UWL: Joyce Shanks
Program: MC-EA, EC-A
Field Level: II

Southern Bluffs Elementary
4010 Sunnyside Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
School: Lisa Schrieiner
UWL: Katherine Kern
Program: EC-MC, MC-EA
Field Level: II

Onalaska

Onalaska Middle School
711 Quincy Street
Onalaska, WI 54650
School: Jed Kees
UWL: Jim Carlson
Program: EA-A
Field Experience: I

West Salem

West Salem Middle School
450 North Mark Street
West Salem, WI 54669
School: Dean Buchanan
UWL: Jim Carlson
Program: EA-A
Field Level: I