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Fox Lane Middle School

Annemarie Parro Berardi, Principal
Michael Simco, M'ville PDS Liaison                         

soe pds-160x160-fox lane logo A new partnership began in the fall of 2009 when Fox Lane Middle School started working with Manhattanville College. The result is a Professional Development School (PDS), which is intended to benefit both the partner school and the college. The two institutions will share responsibilities and blend expertise and resources for several purposes. PDS' primary goals are to help prepare teacher candidates, provide faculty development for FLMS staff, improve instructional practice, and enhance student learning.

Loretta Burke will serve as the liaison between schools as well as field supervisor for student teachers placed at both the high school and middle school. In addition, she will also teach a seminar on site at FLMS for Manhattanville students.

Professor Rick Heckendorn who teaches courses in Social Studies Education at Manhattanville will be holding on-site classes for Manhattanville students. These unique learning opportunities offer pre-service teachers an opportunity to observe Fox Lane teachers in action and witness student learning in a laboratory setting.
In addition, Fox Lane Middle School will continue to hire interns from Manhattanville graduate students during the 2012-2013 school year.  The interns will act as substitute teachers solely for the professional staff at the Fox Lane Middle School. When not assigned as substitutes, interns will assist students in FLMS classrooms.  This placement will be determined by the discipline of study for the intern whenever possible.  In addition, interns will assist FLMS students for three (3) after school periods each week in providing extra help, enrichment, or through participation in the Homework Allies program.

Finally, FLMS will provide field placements for Manhattanville's pre-service teachers and develop professional development opportunities for FLMS staff.  The partnership also offers other benefits such as a 1/3 tuition discount for Bedford teachers wishing to take courses at Manhattanville and a 50% tuition discount for graduates of Fox Lane High School who qualify for admission to the college.