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This article describes the relationship between professional development initiatives for teachers in under-served schools and the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity. It summarizes the goals, objectives, and outcomes of a one-year professional learning project at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. The project involved education professors and graduate pre-service teachers offering mentorship and instruction in interdisciplinary learning to teachers in a neighboring Diocesan middle/intermediate school. An innovative model for professional development that provides alternative clinical experiences to pre-service graduate education students is described in detail. A literature review and theoretical framework that examines the connection between teacher training and mission is also provided. As well, perspectives on outreach projects in general are offered by Canisius Jesuit faculty, the College President and the contributing author of this article, an undergraduate English Education Honors student. Findings demonstrate positive outcomes and a strong need for university instruction in underserved schools and its role in carrying out the mission of Jesuit education.



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