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Professional Development School (PDS)

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What is PDS?
Professional Development Schools and ESU

ESU has been involved in Professional Development School (PDS) relationships since 1999 in multiple Colleges and departments with PDS sites in seven school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Based on a teaching hospital model, these partnerships have four functions:

  • Clinical preparation of new teachers
  • Professional development for all stakeholders
  • Inquiry and Practice-based research
  • Quality education for P-12 students

PDS work is grounded in the ESU Teacher Education Conceptual Framework [link], and guided by the NCATE Standards for Professional Development Schools [link] and the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Nine Essentials for Professional Development Schools [link].

The PDS relationship between ESU and our partners in basic education demands a more collaborative, accountable, and comprehensive way of working and thinking about teaching and learning and valuing student success in the K-12 classroom and at the university.

These relationships foster:

  • Collegiality and renewed vitality through dialogue and professional development
  • Critical and creative thinking about curriculum, teaching and student learning
  • Universal design and an inclusive approach to teaching and learning
  • In-depth clinical field experiences and service learning that contextualizes the complexity of classrooms, schools and community
  • Standards-based best practices and continuous inquiry into teaching practice
  • Co-teaching, differentiated, and integrated learning models to ensure student success