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Professional Development Center for Educators


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PDCE offers interdisciplinary services that bring together specialists from two or more of the Center’s subject areas.

PDCE staff can come to your venue as a full team (ELA, math, science and social studies) for year-long partnerships or host shorter term workshops. Smaller scale interdisciplinary services such as those that pair ELA and social studies or math and science are also available.

Examples of interdisciplinary professional development that PDCE can provide include:

  • Supporting ELA Common Core in social studies classrooms
  • Teaching Close Reading in social studies, science or math classrooms
  • Developing Smarter Balanced type assessments in social studies classrooms
  • Teaching Academic Vocabulary in social studies, science or math classrooms
  • Quantitative Reasoning in the Social Studies Curriculum
  • Next Gen Meets the Common Core
  • What is “Common” between ELA and Mathematics in the Common Core?

PDCE can also provide professional development relating to methodologies that foster interdisciplinary thinking such as problem and project-based learning.  Other interdisciplinary services are available.

For more information, contact Emily Poag.

Project CRISS (Level 1) Training

Project CRISS is the reform initiative for integrating the Common Core into a school system. Project CRISS implementation is the practical means to achieve the goals and expectations specified in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards and the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

The introduction to Project CRISS is the keystone professional development event in any CRISS initiative. In the 12 -18 hour introductory workshop, participants learn the foundation for all Project CRISS implementation efforts. The certified trainer introduces the CRISS Frameworks for Teaching and Learning with research foundation embedded in enlightening activities and common language.

Deborah Fetzer has used Project CRISS philosophy and principles for over a decade, first as a classroom teacher, next as a certified District Trainer, now as a certified National Trainer of Project CRISS.  For more information or to schedule the training, contact Deborah Fetzer.


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Phone: 302-831-1279
Fax: 302-831-2708
E-mail: PDCE-CEHD@udel.edu