PDS2 Professional Development School Partnerships Deliver Success
Professional Development Schools (PDSs) are partnerships that offer opportunities for Georgia State University and pre K-12 schools to join together to foster the evolution of unique sites where school and university have the shared goal of enhancing the education of professionals through a serious commitment to collaboration. PDS partnerships have a four-fold mission:
- the preparation of new teachers, school counselors, school psychologists and leaders,
- faculty development,
- inquiry directed at the improvement of practice, and
- enhanced student achievement
All institutions involved share the belief that theory and practice are inextricably intertwined. Through collaborative preservice and inservice education, all institutions benefit and are better able to provide the best learning environments for pre K-12 learners and professional education students.
A Professional Development School partnership is a long-term relationship supported by policy is a long-term relationship supported by policy at the university and school district level. The Professional Development School partnership requires a level of commitment to the relationship and the concept of simultaneous renewal.
- Learning Community
The PDS is a learning – centered community that supports the integrated and development of P-12 students, candidates, and PDS partners through inquiry-based practice.
- Accountability & Quality Assurance
PDS partners are accountable to themselves and to the public for upholding professional standards for teaching and learning.
PDS partners and partner institutions systematically move from independent to interdependent practice by committing themselves and committing to each other to engage in joint work focused on implementing the PDS mission.
- Diversity & Equity
PDS partnership and candidates develop and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions resulting in learning for all P-12 students.
- Structures, Resources & Roles
The PDS partnership uses its authority and resources to articulate its mission and establish governing structures that support the learning and development of P-12 students, teacher candidates, public school and university faculty, and other professionals.