What is a Professional Development School (PDS)?
A PDS involves a partnership between PreK-12 schools and teacher education programs with the purpose of improving student learning and the quality of teaching. Waseca Public Schools partners with Minnesota State University, Mankato to:
1) Help prepare new teachers.
2) Conduct staff development.
3) Strive to enhance learner achievement.
The nine required essentials of a PDS:
- A comprehensive mission that is broader in its outreach and scope than the mission of any partner and that furthers the education profession and its responsibility to advance equity within schools and, by potential extension, the broader community;
- A school-university culture committed to the preparation of future educators that embraces their active engagement in the school community;
- Ongoing and reciprocal professional development for all participants guided by need;
- A shared commitment to innovative and reflective practice by all participants;
- Engagement in and public sharing of the results of deliberate investigations of practice by respective participants;
- An articulation agreement developed by the respective participants delineating the roles and responsibilities of all involved;
- A structure that allows all participants a forum for ongoing governance, reflection, and collaboration;
- Work by college/university faculty and P-12 faculty in formal roles across institutional settings; and
- Dedicated and shared resources and formal rewards and recognition structures.
Through PDS, our school partners with other schools in the area or MSU, Mankato, to:
- Learn professionally through a summer institute.
- Arrange for student candidate placement.
- Provide AVID opportunities for students and training for staff.
- Apply for grants to increase opportunities for students.