Professional Development Schools (PDS) are schools that have joined with a university to accomplish educational goals that are mutually beneficial 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 participating school district. 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

Field I

Prairie View Elementary

School District: Holmen
UWL Liaison
Ann Epstein 
Program: EC-MC
Course: EDS 402 (concurrent EDS 413, EDS 418)

Viking Elementary

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School District: Holmen
UWL Liaison
: Ann Epstein
Program: EC-MC
Course:  EDS 402 (concurrent with EDS 413, EDS 418)

Eagle Bluff Elementary

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School District: Onalaska
UWL Liaison
Rita Chen
ProgramEC-MC, MC-EA
Course: EDS 402 (concurrent with EDS 413, EDS 418)

Northern Hills Elementary

School District: Onalaska
UWL Liaison
: Yuko Iwai
ProgramEC-MC, MC-EA
Course: EDS 402 (concurrent with EDS 413, EDS 418)

Northside Elementary

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Alyssa Boardman
ProgramEC-MC, MC-EA
Course:  EDS 402 (concurrent with EDS 413, EDS 418)

Onalaska Middle School

School District: Onalaska
UWL Liaison
Jim Carlson 
ProgramsEA-A/STEP (English, History, Math, Sciences, Social Studies);
EC-A (Art, Music, Spanish, French, German)
Course: EDS 351

West Salem Middle School

School District: West Salem
UWL Liaison
: Jim Carlson
ProgramsEA-A/STEP (English, History, Math, Sciences, Social Studies);
EC-A (Art, Music, Spanish, French, German)
Course: EDS 351

Field II

Emerson Elementary

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City: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Jenni McCool
Program: EC-MC
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422) 

Summit Environmental School

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City: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Jenni McCool
Program: EC-MC
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422)

Southern Bluffs Elementary

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Heidi Masters
Program: EC-MC
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422)

Hintgen Elementary

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Heidi Masters
Program: EC-MC
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422)

Longfellow Middle School / La Crosse Design Institute (LDI)

School District: La Crosse 
UWL Liaison
: Samantha Meister
Program: MC-EA
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422, EDS 452)

Lincoln Middle School

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Lisa Pitot
Programs: MC-EA
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422, EDS 452)

Logan Middle School

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Leslie Rogers
Program: MC-EA
Course: EDS 445 (concurrent with EDS 421, EDS 422, EDS 452)

Central High School

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Cindy Duley
Programs: EA-A/STEP (English, History, Math, Sciences, Social Studies)
Courses:  ENG 405 or HIS/SOC/POL/ECO/GEO/PSY 408 or MTH 421 or BIO/CHM/PHY 469

Logan High School

School District: La Crosse
UWL Liaison
: Cindy Duley
Programs: EA-A/STEP (English, History, Math, Sciences, Social Studies)
Courses:  ENG 405 or HIS/SOC/POL/ECO/GEO/PSY 408 or  MTH 421 or BIO/CHM/PHY 469