Roberts, developer of the Professional Development School, retires

Carole Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Education and Supervisor of Student Teaching at Penn State Berks, will officially retire at the end of the Fall 2015 semester after nine years of service to the college. She was one of the developer?s of the Professional Development School (PDS) that was established at Glenside Elementary School.

The PDS was formed in 2014 as a dynamic partnership in which college and school district students and faculty collaborate to enhance learning for all. Glenside Elementary School is the first site of the partnership and will serve as a model for future collaboration. Roberts explained that Penn State Berks wanted to partner with Glenside due to its close proximity to the college, diverse student body, and strong administrative leadership.

In addition to establishing the PDS, Roberts served as Program Coordinator for the Childhood and Early Adolescent Education degree program. She has helped to foster expanded field experiences for students in the education major, and strengthen the student teaching experience through a focus on year-long placements and student service learning projects in their placement schools.

Roberts joined Penn State Berks as a Lecturer and rose to the position of Senior Lecturer. Prior to working at the college, she was employed by the public school system for more than 25 years, working as an elementary and secondary teacher, ESL teacher, a reading specialist, a gifted teacher, an English department supervisor, a secondary school principal, and district K-12 supervisors of reading and language arts. She has consulted with school districts across the country to analyze instructional practices and develop effective instructional programming.

In addition, Roberts is a member of the National Professional Development School Association, the International Reading Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Phi Delta Kappa International, an international association for professional educators.

When asked about her plans for retirement, Roberts commented that she may do some consulting and plans to focus on spending time with family and traveling.