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Professional Development Schools

A Professional Development School (PDS) is a real (PreK-12) school that becomes a partner school with a college to prepare teacher candidates, provide faculty development, improve instructional practice, and enhance student learning. PDS partners share responsibilities for professional development and blend their expertise and resources to meet shared goals in a real-world setting.

Goals & Standards

Goals

  • The improvement of student learning
  • Preparation of preservice teachers
  • Professional development of educators
  • Research and inquiry into improving practice

Standards

Professional Development School partners will:

  • Build a learning community that supports faculty development and student learning
  • Maintain accountability and responsibility to uphold professional standards for teaching and learning
  • Collaborate to develop and implement a unique college/school partnership
  • Prepare teacher candidates to meet the diverse needs of all learners
  • Ensure that structures, resources, and roles are clearly defined and used effectively