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Elementary and Early Childhood Education (Penn State Berks)

A guide to research and professional development resources for education students at Penn State Berks.


Welcome!  This library guide offers a toolbox of resources for your research papers and student teaching in the Penn State Berks Elementary and Early Childhood Education program.

The Thun Library features scholarly and professional books and articles as well as a Curriculum Collection.

You may wish to read over the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System Page, and use their standards to adapt ideas that you find in your searches.

Please note that you can continue to use most of the resources listed on this site after you graduate and start your teaching job.

Please feel free to drop by, call, or email us whenever you need any help with resources!

All the Best,


a Berks student holding children's book open, surrounded by plants and lettered blocks 

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Tips on Researching Local Schools

Finding information about a local school can help you determine if you and the school might be a good match.  It is also highly recommended that you research a potential employer and use the information you find in your cover letter, interview, and presentation.

  • Find Strategic Plans

Type in the name of the school district and the phrase "strategic plan" (or alternate terms like "mission statement" or "goals") into Google.  How can your skills and experiences help support that strategic plan?  Explain in a cover letter and interview how you can reinforce specific goals and objectives. 

  • Search for Parent Teacher Association Pages

Most PTAs have a web site, Facebook page, blog, etc. that can help you gauge the relationship between a school administration and the parents.  Cause IQ has a directory of PA PTAs.  Is the school administration meeting the needs of the students as reflected by parent comments and meeting reports?

  • Research the School in Local News Sources

Use Google News and library news databases like Access World News (Pennsylvania Collection) and Nexis Uni to search for the name of the school (and the broader school district), the principal, and some of the teachers. Does the school offer programs that you can help support?  Do you have a similar priorities or approaches as the principal and teachers?  If so, mention that in your cover letter or interview.